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Best Political Satire Books You Should Enjoy

Looking for the best Political Satire books? Browse our list to find excellent book recommendations on the subject.

1. How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety: And Abstinence, Drugs, Satanism, and Other Dangers That Threaten Their Nine Lives (2016)

 Best Political Satire Books You Should Enjoy Long gone are the good old days when a cat’s biggest worries were mean dogs or a bath. Modern cats must confront satanists, online predators, the possibility of needing to survive in a post-apocalyptic wasteland, and countless other threats to their nine lives.For over four decades, the American Association of Patriots have stood at the vanguard of our country’s defense by helping to prepare our nation’s cat owners for the difficult conversations they dread having with their pets. Written in a simple Q&A format, How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety answers crucial questions such as,…
Author(s): Zachary Auburn

2. Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter (2018)

 Best Political Satire Books You Should EnjoyThe New York Times bestseller that explains one of the most important perceptual shifts in the history of humankindScott Adams was one of the earliest public figures to predict Donald Trump’s election. The mainstream media regarded Trump as a lucky clown, but Adams – best known as “the guy who created Dilbert” — recognized a level of persuasion you only see once in a generation. We’re hardwired to respond to emotion, not reason, and Trump knew exactly which emotional buttons to push. The point isn’t whether Trump was…
Author(s): Scott Adams

3. Mastergate and Power Failure: 2 Political Satires for the Stage (Applause Books) (2000)

 Best Political Satire Books You Should EnjoyThe complete scripts to two of Larry Gelbart’s most popular and powerful political satires. Review of Mastergate: “If George Orwell were a gag writer, he could have written Mastergate. Larry Gelbart’s scathingly funny takeoff on the Iran-Contra hearings is a spiky cactus flower in the desert of American political theatre.” – Jack Kroll, Newsweek. Review of Power Failure: “There is in his broad etching all the ethical outrage of an Arthur Miller kvetching. And, oh, so much more fun!” – Carolyn Clay, The Boston Phoenix….
Author(s): Larry Gelbart

4. Dispatches from the Tenth Circle: The Best of The Onion (2001)

 Best Political Satire Books You Should Enjoy“The Onion is laugh-out-loud, go-tell-your-friends, get-angry-you-didn’t-think-of-it funny.”–Conan O’Brien“Outside of maybe Dario Fo, an Italian who few are sure exists, the Onion people make the most consistently perfect and excoriating social commentary we currently have. But will those Nobel bastards honor them, too? Only God, our merciless and just God, knows.”–Dave Eggers“The funniest publication in the United States.”–The New Yorker“This publication is tasteless and destructive to our shared values. Read it for yourself and you’ll see…
Author(s): Robert Siegel, Onion Staff, et al.

5. The Onion Book of Known Knowledge: A Definitive Encyclopaedia Of Existing Information (2013)

 Best Political Satire Books You Should EnjoyA devastatingly important encyclopedia from America’s Finest News Source that contains the sum total of mankind’s knowledge. Are you tired of stumbling around blindly, in an ignorant haze, perplexed by the world around you? What if there was a book that could make sense of your ultimately meaningless existence? Fortunately, The Onion, bastion of unbiased, reliable, and definitive news, has produced just such a book: an encyclopedia containing all of mankind’s known knowledge. And now, in a remarkably innovative tactic bound to send shockwaves through the entire publishing…
Author(s): The Onion

6. Is Satire Saving Our Nation?: Mockery and American Politics (2014)

 Best Political Satire Books You Should EnjoyThe book studies the intersections between satirical comedy and national politics in order to show that one of the strongest supports for our democracy today comes from those of us who are seriously joking. This book shows how we got to this place and why satire may be the only way we can save our democracy and strengthen our nation….
Author(s): S. McClennen, R. Maisel

7. Dead Fish: Humor and Satire in Political Advertising (2019)

 Best Political Satire Books You Should EnjoyHumor and satire are powerful weapons in political advertising. In my ads and videos, I’ve used a dead fish as a prop and a 2,000 pound Brahman bull as an actor. I’ve also used chickens, pigs, horses, goats, a camel, a 1949 Mercury, a kazoo band, women on drugs, professional wrestlers, floating hamburgers, a funeral hearse, scantily clad showgirls – whatever it took to get people’s attention, amuse them, inform them and get them to vote for my candidate or against the opponent.Psychologist Carol Moog offered this theory to the New York Times: “Humor gives people a way to vicariously express…
Author(s): Deno Seder

8. The Onion’s Finest News Reporting, Volume 1 (Vol.1) (2000)

 Best Political Satire Books You Should Enjoyis the world’s most popular humor periodical. Its first book, , was a New York Times #1 best-seller and winner of the 1999 Thurber Prize for American Humor.  Now The Onion returns  with Volume One of  the paper’s greatest, most hard-hitting stories, including:–Clinton Deploys Vowels to Bosnia: Operation Vowel Storm Will Make Countless Bosnian Names More Pronounceable–Jesus Christ Returns to NBA–Microsoft Patents Ones, Zeroes–I Can’t Stand My Filthy Hippy Owner by Thunder the Ferret…
Author(s): Scott Dikkers , The Onion , et al.

9. Graphic Satire in the Soviet Union: Krokodil’s Political Cartoons (2019)

 Best Political Satire Books You Should EnjoyAfter the death of Joseph Stalin, Soviet-era Russia experienced a flourishing artistic movement due to relaxed censorship and new economic growth. In this new atmosphere of freedom, Russia’s satirical magazine Krokodil (The Crocodile) became rejuvenated. John Etty explores Soviet graphic satire through Krokodil and its political cartoons. He investigates the forms, production, consumption, and functions of Krokodil, focusing on the period from 1954 to 1964. Krokodil remained the longest-serving and most important satirical journal in the Soviet Union, unique in producing state-sanctioned graphic satirical…
Author(s): John Etty

10. Trump’s America: Buy This Book and Mexico Will Pay for It (2017)

 Best Political Satire Books You Should EnjoyFrom comedy writer, public speaker, and founding editor of The Onion Scott Dikkers comes this laugh-out-loud hilarious guide to surviving and thriving under Donald Trump’s presidency.With satirical graphics, pictorials, news columns, and bulletins that are screamingly funny to everyone regardless of political persuasion, this is the ultimate handbook to the forty-fifth President of the United States. Everything from a schematic of Trump’s presidential chariot (with missile launchers) to a handy pictorial that explains how Trump would have won every American war in three days or less is included…
Author(s): Scott Dikkers

11. Jim Morin’s World: 40 Years of Social Commentary From A Two-Time Pulitzer Prize-Winning Cartoonist (2017)

 Best Political Satire Books You Should EnjoyWant to laugh and enjoy some of the best cartoons from a gifted creator of editorial cartoons and a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner (1996 and 2017)?The Miami Herald’s Jim Morin has created some of the best editorial cartoons in the business: Political cartoonists distill opinions about power and culture into art and commentary with the sharp points of their pens. How does an artist who has produced over the past 40 years some of the best cartoons among editorial cartoonists in the business generate the ideas for a relentless stream of sharp political and social commentary?…
Author(s): Jim Morin, Carl Hiaasen

12. The Fatal Eggs and Other Soviet Satire (Evergreen Book) (1994)

 Best Political Satire Books You Should EnjoyThis famous collection of Soviet satire from 1918 to 1963 devastatingly lampoons the social, economic, and cultural changes wrought by the Russian Revolution. Among the seventeen bold and inventive comic writers represented here are the brilliant Mikhail Bulgakov, author of The Master and Margarita, Ilf and Petrov, Mikhail Zoshchenko, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Valentin Katayev, and Yuri Kazakov. “Amusing and excellent reading. The stories in this collection tell the reader more about Soviet life than a dozen sociological or political tracts.” – Isaac Bashevis Singer; “An altogether admirable collection . . . by the highly talented…
Author(s): Mikhail Bulgakov, Mirra Ginsburg

13. Satire TV: Politics and Comedy in the Post-Network Era (2009)

 Best Political Satire Books You Should EnjoySatirical TV has become mandatory viewing for citizens wishing to make sense of the bizarre contemporary state of political life. Shifts in industry economics and audience tastes have re-made television comedy, once considered a wasteland of escapist humor, into what is arguably the most popular source of political critique. From fake news and pundit shows to animated sitcoms and mash-up videos, satire has become an important avenue for processing politics in informative and entertaining ways, and satire TV is now its own thriving, viable television genre. examines what happens…
Author(s): Jonathan Gray , Jeffrey P. Jones , et al.

Best Political Satire Books You Should Enjoy

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Graphic Satire in the Soviet Union: Krokodil’s Political Cartoons

Author(s): John Etty
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi, Year: 2019, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2373200

Graphic satire in the Soviet Union Krokodil's political cartoons

Author(s): Etty, John
Publisher: , Year: 2019, Size: 30 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2692462

Popular Cinema as Political Theory: Idealism and Realism in Epics, Noirs, and Satires

Author(s): John S. Nelson
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan US, Year: 2013, Size: 1 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1480092

The Satiric Decade: Satire and the Rise of Republican Political Culture in France, 1830-1840

Author(s): Amy Wiese Forbes
Publisher: , Year: 2010, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 503575

The political history of the devil (1726)

Author(s): Daniel Defoe; John Mullan (ed.)
Publisher: Pickering & Chatto, Year: 2005, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1714300

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are truly chart-busters according to Washington Post, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant books you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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