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The Art of the Political Putdown: The Greatest Comebacks, Ripostes and Retorts in History

Chris Lamb Will Moredock

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Chronicle Books
06 April 2020
Fiction & Literature; Politics & government; Humour collections & anthologies
Political journalists Chris Lamb and Will Moredock have mined the past few centuries of political history and unearthed a treasure trove of humorous exchanges. The Art of the Political Putdown is a collection of over 300 witty verbal jabs and ripostes from politicians around the world (though the focus is on American politics), all of whom share a common sharp tongue. Interspersed with 11 brief essays analysing the use of humour and wit in various political contexts, this comprehensive collection of witticisms, scathing burns, and mic-drop-worthy insults is an even-handed, intelligent, and lighthearted political humour title that will give readers from the Left and Right something to laugh about.
Edited by:   Chris Lamb, Will Moredock
Imprint:   Chronicle Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 178mm,  Width: 127mm, 
ISBN:   9781452183855
ISBN 10:   1452183856
Pages:   224
Publication Date:   06 April 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Chris Lamb, PhD, is a professor of journalism at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. He is an author, historian, lecturer, satirist, and columnist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. Will Moredock has been a staff and freelance writer for more than 30 years. His work has appeared in magazines and newspapers around the nation, including the Washington Post, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Charlotte Observer.

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If you're pining for truly classic zingers, check out an elegant little book titled 'The Art of the Political Putdown, ' by Chris Lamb and Will Moredock. They've combed through the vast history of contentious political rhetoric to compile more than 300 of the best lines - from Macedonian King Archelaus to New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. -The Washington Post


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