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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (8 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449408206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449408206
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 230,151 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garry Trudeau began drawing Doonesbury in 1970. He has written for television and the Broadway stage, and his animated film A Doonesbury Special was nominated for an Academy Award. Trudeau is also a contributing essayist for Time magazine. He and his family live in New York. and his Web presence, is refreshed daily, at www.doonesbury.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jill Meyer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 18 Dec 2011
Format: Hardcover
Cartoonist Garry Trudeau has been writing his "Doonesbury" comic for 40 years or so. Whether the reader considers it a political cartoon or just a traditional one - in some papers it's on the editorial pages, while in others, it's with the mainstream comics - it's a uniquely "American" one. The cast is comprised of about 20 or so life-long characters - my favorites are "Duke" and "Honey" - as well as dozens of people who come and go, depending on the plots of the strips. Recently Donald Trump has been heavily featured - and heavily lampooned - in the "Doonesbury" strips.

This latest book, "Red Rascal's War" is not a book of new material. Rather, it is a compilation of "Doonesbury" strips from the last year or so. Most people buying and reading this book will probably have read these strips before, but seeing them in one setting - in one book - makes them much more humorous and edgy than when viewed on a daily basis. And though Jeff Redfern, aka "The Red Rascal" - is the lead character in the book, all the other favorites of the past year are there, as well. Who can forget Daisy Doonesbury shuffling off her mortal coil and the raucous funeral that followed? Or Alex and her relationship with Leo? Always doubting herself but always being loved in return. Those are just a few of the stories in the book, and it's wonderful to sit and page through the past year with a now more appreciative eye.

Garry Trudeau and his work is not for everyone. But for those who love political satire mixed with everyday relationships, and helped along with a healthy dose of love, his comics are a true joy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eolake on 15 May 2012
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Doonesbury has never been better, and it has always been great. And now in color.
I'm in awe of Trudeau, that he can keep up this quality for 40 years.
The characters are still aging in real timing, maturing and changing, unlike any other strip I can think of. And the young characters who we have followed since birth are great characters in their own right.

By the way, the Kindle version is great, high resolution and in color! This is the first Kindle version of a strip which has really pleased me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CaitK on 9 Jan 2012
Format: Hardcover
Bought this as a Christmas present for my Dad. He's been reading Doonsbury for years and years - loves them! The book is quite big, but was really good quality and my dad was really happy with it.
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By Thomas Ennis on 9 Sep 2014
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Nicely presented and Trudeau's view of the USA is wonderful
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
You must love Doonesbury, or you wouldn't be here. 5 Jan 2012
By Frederick Norwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The one-star rating is not, of course, for the strips, which are five-star all the way, but for the format. I wish I could talk to whoever designed this book. Are you there? Do you read the amazon.com reviews of the books you design? I have some information for you.

Readers do not like it when you drop panels from strips! This must come as a surprise to you, you do it so often, but you need to understand that people who love Doonesbury and buy your books do not appreciate you dropping two panels from every Sunday, just so you can have the Sundays the same size as three dailies. Yes, it is easier to edit that way. But readers don't like it! Yes, you consider those first two panels "throw-away" panels. But readers don't like it! Readers want all the panels.

Which brings us to your choice to go with a square hardback instead of a tall paperback. Many people like books in a series to be all the same format. This is not as important as the first point, but it is important, especially since the change of format seems to have been so you could charge a higher price. Also, many people prefer light-weight books that take up less shelf space rather than heavy books that take up more shelf space.

The color dailies are nice, but not nice enough to make up for the missing Sunday panels.

The Red Rascal story line is brilliant.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Sorkh Razil brings it ! - a classic of modern literature 26 Nov 2011
By Ramesh G - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
While growing up, I used to enjoy everyday R.K. Laxman's political cartoons in the 'Times of India' . They were not only entertaining; the facial expressions situations in the 'You Said It' strip so carefully chosen they were able to convey, in one frame, the political narrative of a nation - corruption, incompetence and even the simplest human foibles all expressed with humour - so that, despite it all, we were able to go on and live the day ahead.
Laxman began in 1935 and continued for almost 70 years. So it is not inappropriate for me to call Gary Trudeau America's R.K. Laxman.

Trudeau's Doonesbury comics give me much the same satisfaction, about another country that I care deeply about - and each strip tells an important story, with enough humor to be able to absorb it and yet carry on. Among my favorites was the American soldier in Iraq, who has been standing 14 hours non-stop in a bomb proof vest, but who decides to let off easy the Iraqi he has just stopped - after all, the poor fellow had just escaped a torture session.
No one but Trudeau knows how to make a joke even in the midst of horror.
This collection includes my favorites: Red Rascal is having a good time assimilating into Pushtun culture, but draws a firm line with the Afgan warlords when the young boys start dancing! or his fortunate capture alive by the Taliban (who use him as a hostage), when the bigger fear at home was that he had been stoned to death by a wedding party!

Yes, Sorkh Razil brings it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Hard to believe, but Trudeau just keeps outdoing himself 27 Feb 2012
By C. Stewart - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have owned every single Doonesbury long-format book since The Doonesbury Chronicles, and Red Rascal's War is among the best collections Garry Trudeau has ever created. The emphasis on politics has been slightly reduced while the (especially) newer characters get room to bloom. Alex, Toggle, Melissa, Elias, Jeff, Zipper and Sam are given equal time with the old reliables, and it's a joy to experience their changes. Trudeau has always had the gift of comedic timing as well as touching comment infuse his characters, but he really shines here. There is no better reflection of contemporary American culture than Doonesbury, and this is a work of beauty.

A note on the packaging: Every strip is in beautiful color and this hardback book looks and feels solid. I sincerely hope this is the way forward for future Doonesbury books. I, too, will miss the two "throwaway" panels from the Sundays, but will be happy with the more than 99% remaining material packaged the way it is.

Even if I didn't like the format, giving this excellent book one star just for that is insane.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Contemporary satire at its best. 18 Dec 2011
By Jill Meyer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Cartoonist Garry Trudeau has been writing his "Doonesbury" comic for 40 years or so. Whether the reader considers it a political cartoon or just a traditional one - in some papers it's on the editorial pages, while in others, it's with the mainstream comics - it's a uniquely "American" one. The cast is comprised of about 20 or so life-long characters - my favorites are "Duke" and "Honey" - as well as dozens of people who come and go, depending on the plots of the strips. Recently Donald Trump has been heavily featured - and heavily lampooned - in the "Doonesbury" strips.

This latest book, "Red Rascal's War" is not a book of new material. Rather, it is a compilation of "Doonesbury" strips from the last year or so. Most people buying and reading this book will probably have read these strips before, but seeing them in one setting - in one book - makes them much more humorous and edgy than when viewed on a daily basis. And though Jeff Redfern, aka "The Red Rascal" - is the lead character in the book, all the other favorites of the past year are there, as well. Who can forget Daisy Doonesbury shuffling off her mortal coil and the raucous funeral that followed? Or Alex and her relationship with Leo? Always doubting herself but always being loved in return. Those are just a few of the stories in the book, and it's wonderful to sit and page through the past year with a now more appreciative eye.

Garry Trudeau and his work is not for everyone. But for those who love political satire mixed with everyday relationships, and helped along with a healthy dose of love, his comics are a true joy.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
typical Garry Trudeau's sharp pen 15 Mar 2014
By Dagmar Grieder - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This is one of the most fun characters of Garry Trudeau's sharp pen. Wills miss him. I hope Trudeau has not retired for good.
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