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‘The Art of Controversy’ by Victor S. Navasky

The visuals in “The Art of Controversy: Political Cartoons and Their Enduring Power” (Knopf) are irresistible and the passionate Victor S. Navasky is a wonderful storyteller. The FORMER longtime editor of The Nation begins with an account of the staff revolt that happened in 1984 when he decided to publish David Levine’s cartoon showing Henry Kissinger on top of the world, which was in the form of a naked woman lying on her back. Navasky devotes a chapter to each of about 30 political caricaturists from different periods in history, mixing in his reflections on the power of images to shape how citizens view the world.