The story of America in Cartoons chronicles the birth, growing pains and coming of age of the worlds most powerful nation, as seen though the eyes of great cartoonists such as Thomas Nast, Joseph Keppler, W.A. Rogers, D.R. Fitzpatrick, Bill Mauldin and a host of others. These guys don't pull punches. Cartoonists are outsiders and iconoclasts with a brilliant ability to encapsulate complex ides in a single image. This all adds up to a no-holds barred view of the US, from the early days when freedom was just a twinkle in the eye of the settlers, to today's political rough and tumble. With more than 230 cartoons, this is history served up in style, and it's guaranteed to make you laugh. Bill Mauldin said, 'We are not pontificators or molders of thought... Ours is more the role of the lowly gadfly: circle and stab, circle and stab. Roughly put, our credo should be, it it's big, hit it.' Political cartoons are the cross our leaders have to bear, and don't we love it! But alongside the pleasure of seeing the pompous and the power-mad skewered by the sharpest wits in the land, cartoons stand as a concise visual diary of events. The images here not only reveal the great sweep of US history, but also bring you many of the ideas that have dominated American life, set against a background of historic events and the personalities behind them. The Story of America in Cartoons covers the years since the first settlement in Jamestown right up to the present day, taking in the Revolution, the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Depression along the way, as well as characters as diverse as Abraham Lincoln, Phineas T. Barnum, Mark Twain, Teddy Roosevelt and Carry Nation, the hatchet-weilding temperance campaigner. It's history brought to life.