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Is money funny?

  • Sep 30, 2009
This compendium of New Yorker cartoons concerning money span the decades from the 1920s through the present. Going through the book, it's interesting to see how stlyes and attitudes change, particularly as regards money and our financial system.

Some of the cartoons from the earlier decades clearly show their age and the way folks perceived money and business. Even through the latest ones, there is an undercurrent of anti-business in these drawings. The rich and powerful are almost always shown as greedy, grasping and not caring at all about people who have much less money. That may possibly be true, but since I've never been in that monetary class I can't make a valid judgment.

Anyway, the book is interesting for its covering of cartoons through the decades, but I found that I really couldn't get much of a laugh (or even a chuckle) out of most of them. Fortunately it's a book that can be read very quickly, so the reader won't feel as if he or she has wasted a lot of time on something not very entertaining.

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The New Yorkerhas been at the forefront of social commentary since it was first published in 1925. Even when the markets have been down, its famous single-panel cartoons have found a way to add humor to the economic landscape.

In On the Money, fans can revel in over 350 of The New Yorker's best cartoons on the theme of money, culled from the past 80+ years. From bossy businessmen to crooked creditors to slighted stockholders, no one in the financial world has escaped humorously critical jabs from the master of cartoon humor. The collection is edited by The New Yorker's cartoon editor, Robert Mankoff, and includes an introduction by the best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell.

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ISBN-10: 0740784900
ISBN-13: 978-0740784903
Author: The New Yorker
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

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