Art of Controversy by Victor Navasky“Mr. Navasky’s wonderful book is a spirited homage to the art and craft of political caricature, a genre that has brought down the mightiest of the mighty — but one that has also landed its practitioners in prison, or even put them under threat of death..” —The Wall Street Journal

“This heavily illustrated, entertainingly written look at political cartoons is both personal—Navasky’s experience with controversial drawing as well as writing is considerable—and thoroughly researched. It is also deeply insightful.” —Booklist

“A lavishly illustrated, witty, and learned look at the power of the political cartoon throughout history.” —Publisher’s Weekly

“Engaging and often illuminating.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Navasky argues eloquently and convincingly [that] censorship of caricature artists amounts to an assault on individual free speech. The Art of Controversy is an amazing historical document from a political journalist all too familiar with caricature’s intuitive and divisive power.” —Shelf Awareness

“A novel approach to the history of political cartoons. From Picasso, Grosz, and Daumier through Herblock and Ralph Steadman, Navasky illuminates an underappreciated art form.” —Oliver Stone

“As Victor Navasky, a word man, investigates the wordless art of the political cartoon — what, he asks, accounts for its implosive power? — we find ourselves in the hands of a writer of indefatigable curiosity and are caught up in the tempestuous history of newsprint art. An expansive, illuminating work. I know of nothing comparable.” —E.L. Doctorow

“An entertaining and instructive reminder of the important place of political cartoons in exposing lies, hypocrisies, stupidity, and corruption in the public arena. Be prepared to laugh and get angry all at once.” —Tom Brokaw

“Victor Navasky pulls it off – he showcases the significance and power of political cartoons without taking the ‘funny’ out of them or cloistering the amazing rage they evoke that is far beyond the power of mere words to explain.” —Ralph Nader

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