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Gene Basset’s Vietnam Sketchbook
A Cartoonist’s Wartime Perspective

Thom Rooke

Cloth $49.95s    |    978-0-8156-3421-8    |    2015

Paper $24.95    |    978-0-8156-1057-1    |    2015

ebook 978-0-8156-5337-0

"This is a truly worthy addition to the well-stocked shelves of books on the Vietnam War. Rooke writes with tremendous verve and wit and is a likeable and knowledgeable guide through a remarkable collection of sketches. The visual history of the Vietnam War is dominated by photography and film, so Gene Basset’s drawings provide a fresh and fascinating angle of vision. This book is more than a history, it is a meditation on grief in war."—Todd DePastino, author of Bill Mauldin: A Life Up Front

"This work is of real importance, not only for making Basset’s fine drawings more widely known but also for the unique perspective his visual commentary sheds on the Vietnam era. The book should appeal to those interested in history and psychology and especially to those interested in art."—Donald Myers, director, Hillstrom Museum of Art

"Calling Gene Basset a cartoonist is like calling Da Vinci a pretty good sketch artist. He draws with his head, his heart, and hand, and holds a wonderful mirror. Rooke’s adaptation of the stages of grief is totally apt. Vietnam was the death of American innocence, and this book is a wonderful, insightful way to begin healing."—Steven Northup, former United Press International staff photographer, Saigon, 1965–66

  Gene Bassets Vietnam Sketchbook

  Gene Basset is an American cartoonist primarily known for his editorial cartoons. He was the chief editorial cartoonist with Scripps Howard newspapers for twenty years. In 1982, Basset joined the staff of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he worked until his retirement in 1992. His work has been exhibited at the Pratt Institute, and in 2005, drawings done by Basset during a trip to Vietnam were exhibited at Gustavus Adolphus College. Thom Rooke is professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He holds an endowed chair in vascular medicine and is former head of the Section of Vascular Medicine and director of the Gonda Vascular Center.

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7 x 10, 176 pages, 87 black-and-white illustrations, notes, bibliography

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