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Dangerous crooked scoundrels : insulting the president, from Washington to Trump / Edwin L. Battistella.

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Greenwood PL - Greenwood NONFICTION COMMUNICATION Battistella (Text) 36626104157599 2nd Floor New Adult Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780190050900
  • ISBN: 019005090X
  • Physical Description: vii, 220 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm.
  • Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Oxford University Press, [2020]

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Includes bibliographical reference (pages [177]-212) and index.
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Edwin Battistella collects over five hundred insults aimed at American presidents. Covering the broad sweep of American history, he puts insults in their place-the political and cultural context of their times. Along the way, Battistella illustrates the recurring themes of political insults: too little intellect or too much, inconsistency or obstinacy, worthlessness, weakness, dishonesty, sexual impropriety, appearance, and more. The kinds of insults we use suggest what our culture finds most hurtful, and reveal society's changing prejudices as well as its most enduring ones. How we insult presidents and how they react tells us about the presidents, but it also tells us about our nation's politics. Readers discover how the style of insults evolves in different historical periods: gone are "apostate," "mountebank," "flathead," and "doughface." Say hello to "moron," "jerk," "asshole," and "flip-flopper." Covering the broad sweep of American history, from the founder's debates over the nature of government to world wars and culture wars and social media, olitics, you'll fibook nd this an invaluable source of invigorating invective-and a healthy perspective on today's political climate, whatever your politics.
Subject: Presidents > United States > Miscellanea.
Invective > History.
Political cartoons > History.
United States > History.

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