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Book cover for You Back the Attack! We'll Bomb Who We Want!
Book cover for You Back the Attack! We'll Bomb Who We Want!

Foreword by Kurt Vonnegut

Introduction by Howard Zinn

Stunning, hilarious, and politically incendiary, Micah Ian Wright's full-color poster book reworks classic American World War I and II propaganda into commentaries on war, peace, and patriotism for the post-September 11 era. The forty one-sided posters make fun of war mentality, the Bush White House, Homeland Security, the War on Terror, Ashcroft, the 2000 Presidential election, the military-industrial complex, and much more. You Back the Attack! We'll Bomb Who We Want! contains forty posters of yesteryear such as Uncle Sam's "I Want You," and "Loose Lips Sink Ships" are reworked with new messages of peace and protest.

Book cover for You Back the Attack! We'll Bomb Who We Want!
Book cover for You Back the Attack! We'll Bomb Who We Want!

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“Reworking American propaganda posters from WWI and WWII, Wright reveals his satiric take on current events: one poster reads, 'Millions of troops are on the move … All To Protect Your Oil Supply! Is your SUV really worth their lives?' In another, a girl sitting in her father's lap asks, "Daddy, why don't YOU or any of your friends from ENRON have to go to war?" And many are messages from the Orwellian-sounding 'Ministry of Homeland Security': The Statue of Liberty points to the onlooker and commands, 'You! Stop Asking Questions! You're Either With U.S. or You're With The TERRORISTS!' The antiwar contingent will read these and weep, rather than laugh.”

“Micah Ian Wright's book of "remixed" war posters, You Back the Attack! We'll Bomb Who We Want! manages to be both comic and chilling as it skewers just about every military-minded institution of the Bush administration.”

Kurt Vonnegut

Born in 1922 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Kurt Vonnegut was one of the few grandmasters of modern American letters. Called by the New York Times “the counterculture’s novelist,” his works guided a generation through the miasma of war and greed that was life in the U.S. in second half of the 20th century. After stints as a soldier, anthropology PhD candidate, technical writer for General Electric, and salesman at a Saab dealership, Vonnegut rose to prominence with the publication of Cat’s Cradle in 1963. Several modern classics, including Slaughterhouse-Five, soon followed. Never quite embraced by the stodgier arbiters of literary taste, Vonnegut was nonetheless beloved by millions of readers throughout the world. “Given who and what I am,” he once said, “it has been presumptuous of me to write so well.” Kurt Vonnegut died in New York in 2007.

Howard Zinn

HOWARD ZINN’s (1922–2010) great subject isn’t war, but peace. After his experience as a bombardier in World War II, he became convinced that there could be no such thing as a “just war,” as the vast majority of modern warfare’s victims are made up of innocent civilians. In his books, including A People’s History of the United States and its companion volume, Voices of a People’s History of the United States, Zinn affirms the power of the masses to influence major events. Through a lifetime of pointed scholarship and principled civil disobedience, his oeuvre continues to inform and inspire activists, scholars, and change-makers around the world.

Check out A Road Map to Howard Zinn's Writings Published by Seven Stories Press here.

Micah Ian Wright

Micah Ian Wright is an artist whose work has appeared in the New York Times, Sunday Guardian (UK), the Washington Post, the Progressive, the Christian Science Monitor, the Boston Globe, and on the Fox News Channel.

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