3 New Book Reviews

The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring PowerThe Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power by Victor S Navasky

“For the political junkie, journalist, artist, cartoonist, or student, The Art of Controversy is a wonder story of an amazing art form.”

Ask a baby boomer about political cartoons and caricatures. Garry Trudeau’s “Doonesbury” will immediately come to mind as would Walt Kelley’s “Pogo.” His depictions of Richard Nixon (Kelly’s favorite target) and Vice President Spiro Agnew during the Watergate hold a special place. Even Pogo’s political philosophy is known by most: “We have met the enemy and he is us.”

To read Victor Navasky’s The Art of Controversy is to bring a better understanding of the editorializing through pictures, lifelike and grotesque. It is a look at political cartoonist most have never known and the ability to be friend or, most likely, foe of the political target.

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Roger Ailes: Off CameraRoger Ailes: Off Camera by Zev Chafets

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Understanding the man behind Fox News, how his juggernaut was assembled, and how it is captained shines a new light on news reporting—whether one leans port or starboard.”

Say “Fox News” and you will get either cheers or jeers. Say “Roger Ailes” and you will get either “Wow!” or “Who’s that?”

In short, Roger Ailes is the man behind Fox News, the man who walked up to media magnet and fellow conservative Rupert Murdoch and said “give me money and I will start a cable news organization for you.” Murdoch said “Yes.”

Where did he come from and how did he gain so much understanding of cable television when the medium was brand new? How did he and his network become the darling of the American conservative and tea party movements? Biographer Zev Chafets provides the reader a small glimpse in the preface.

Read more at: http://www.nyjournalofbooks.com/revie…Roger Ailes: Off Camera

Eat St.: Recipes from the Tastiest, Messiest, and Most Irresistible Food TrucksEat St.: Recipes from the Tastiest, Messiest, and Most Irresistible Food Trucks by James Cunningham

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“. . . one of those fun and usable cookbooks that will be marked, tagged, dog-eared, and dripped on with yet another secret sauce.”

Though most would never admit it, I enjoy watching cooking shows as they bring up fond memories of the “roach coach” vending trucks, gleaming, greasy wheeled kitchens stopping at our family’s New York bicycle store in the mornings, serving coffee, bacon and egg sandwiches, and sweet rolls.

So when given the opportunity to review the Cooking Channel’s comedic host James Cunningham’s Eat Street, I buttered my fry pan, tested, tasted, and was teased by real tailgating experiences from a new generation of cooks and trucks.

There are four things to explore when reviewing a cookbook: the food, the recipes, the stories, and the pictures. Recipes are easy to come by, so the criterion here is “food you will not find in Fannie Farmer’s or at Denny’s.” And boy, does James Cunningham deliver!

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About David Rosman

David is the winner of the Missouri Press Foundation's "Best Columnist" in 2013 (First Place) and 2014 (Second Place). He is the winner of the 2016 Harold Riback Award for excellence in writing. He is also an editor and award-winning speaker. His book, "A Christian Nation? An examination of Christian nation theories and proofs" is available on Amazon, com as a paperback and eBook.
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