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The offensive art : political satire and its censorship around the world from Beerbohm to Borat

Author: Leonard Freedman
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger, 2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In a tongue-in-cheek style peppered with the world's best one-liners from the last hundred years. The Offensive Art recounts the acrimonious and often perilous cat-and-mouse games between political satirists and their censors and inhibitors through the last century in America (especially FDR, LBJ, Nixon, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush II), Britain (especially Churchill, Thatcher, and Blair, and the Royals), Germany  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Leonard Freedman
ISBN: 9780313356001 0313356009
OCLC Number: 233543985
Description: x, 200 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Satirists and Censors --
(Almost) Anything Goes: Political Satire in America and Britain --
Puncturing the Imperial Presidency: FDR to George W. Bush --
Censorship American Style --
Britain: From Bulldogs to Poodles --
Censorship British Style --
A Dangerous Game: Political Satire in Authoritarian Systems --
What's Funny About Hitler? --
Stalin and Mao: No Laughing Matter --
Imperial Ironies: India and the Raj --
The Middle East: Raging Against Cartoons --
Conclusion: Still More Satire --
And Why We Need It.
Responsibility: Leonard Freedman.
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Looks at the art of political satire as practiced in democratic, monarchical, and authoritarian societies around the world over. This book also examines the efforts by governmental, religious, and  Read more...

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