For decades, readers throughout the world have enjoyed the marvelous stories and illustrations of Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. But few know the work Geisel did as a political cartoonist during World War II, for the New York daily newspaper PM. In these extraordinarily trenchant cartoons, Geisel presents "a provocative history of wartime politics" (Entertainment Weekly). Dr. Seuss Goes to War features handsome, large-format reproductions of more than two hundred of Geisel’s cartoons, alongside "insightful" (Booklist) commentary by the historian Richard H. Minear that places them in the context of the national climate they reflect.
Pulitzer Prizewinner Art Spiegelman’s introduction places Seuss firmly in the pantheon of the leading political cartoonists of our time.
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About the Author
One of the country’s leading historians of Japan during World War II, Richard H. Minear is a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is also the author of Victor’s Justice: The Tokyo War Crimes Trial. Art Spiegelman is a writer and cartoonist, and author of the Pulitzer Prizewinning Maus.
Table of ContentsIntroduction: by Art Spiegelman
Some Important Dates
Dr. Seuss and PM
The Home Front
Hitler and Nazi Germany
The Rest of the World
Winning the War
Acknowledgments and Sources
Chronological Listing of Cartoons
What People are Saying About This
This is scathing, fascinating stuff, and with Minear's commentary, it provides a provocative history of wartime politics.
Brian M. RafteryEntertainment Weekly, , 5 November 1999
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I believe that this book is an important read for anyone that grew up enjoying Dr Seuss, as well as teachers looking to find a new way to broach a topic with students, particularly high school students. It shows people that, not only are there two sides to every person, but that things as simple as the Sunday comics can bear important messages about our times. If you are already a World War II buff, you wont learn anything new by reading the historical introduction to each chapter, but I encourage it any ways, because it does help to shine light on some of the comics. For people that do not know much about World War II this is a very light, and fantastic, break in to that era of history. It is odd to see characters that we have all loved in our childhood bearing swastikas, and perhaps that makes the messages more meaningful. I would also encourage people to apply Dr Seuss' messages to our own time, its boggling to see how many of the same things apply.
It had alot of information in it and it was very entertaining. I have always loved Dr. Seuss.
For me, a wonderful review of the good doctor. The addtional background of which I was not aware was an added treat. .... Regards
I love this book, it melds education and fun into one! Dr. Suesss, aka Theodor Geisel, began his career as not just a cartoonist but a political cartoonist. After a few illustrations selling various items, he became involved in political cartoons for PM magazine urging the US to get involved in the war prior to Pearl Harbor. While his Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Ito and Tojo are reminiscient of Cat in the Hat and Hoton Hear a Who the cartoon like drawings contained jabs at both foreign and domestic issues of the day. The commentary by Minear sets a timeline and historical background so all can enjoy- history buff or not! I highly recommend!
I really like this because it is a great collection of political cartoons by Dr. Seuss. The cartoons say more than entire books on the subject can at times and it gives the reader a glimpse into what many people thought at the time.
I did not know he did that