Red Rascal’s War: A Doonesbury Book
From the exploits of Afghan legend-in-chief Sorkh Razil to the pipe dreams of Malibu's top nanny Zonker Harris, from the "no more chill pills" intervention by Obama's aides to the way-cool love of a headbanging war vet and his MIT-grad gal, Doonesbury marches wildly on in this hardback collection from 2011, following Tee Time in Berzerkistan. The author is "Dickensian in his range of characters," wrote Garry Wills in the New York Review of Books. "Trudeau has just kept improving, year after year, in part because he stays so close to changing events.... He has never been better than in the last six years." Since it appeared in 1970 as the first newspaper comic strip from Universal Press Syndicate, Garry Trudeau's Pulitzer Prize–winning Doonesbury has entertained readers with its politically aware commentary, while providing a window to the current state of the American mind. In 1975, then-president Gerald Ford quipped, "There are only three major vehicles to keep us informed as to what is going on in Washington: the electronic media, the print media, and Doonesbury, not necessarily in that order."