Gene Basset's Vietnam Sketchbook

Gene Basset's Vietnam Sketchbook

A Cartoonist's Wartime Perspective

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<p>In 1965, Gene Basset, a well-known political cartoonist, was sent to Vietnam<br>by his newspaper publishing syndicate. His assignment: to sketch scenes of the<br>increasingly controversial war in order to help the newspaper-reading public<br>better understand the events occurring in Southeast Asia.<br> In much the same way that M.A.S.H. gave viewers an irreverent, wry view of<br>war and its devastating effects on citizens as well as soldiers, Basset’s sketches<br>portray the everyday, often mundane, aspects of wartime with an intimate touch<br>that eases access to the dark subject matter. In this affectionately curated collection,<br>author, doctor, and longtime friend of the artist, Thom Rooke, deftly<br>leads us through more than eighty of Basset’s cartoons, organizing his insights<br>according to the well-known stages of grief, from denial to acceptance, and<br>demonstrating how Basset’s images convey moments of trauma, coping, and<br>healing. From scenes of American GIs haggling with Vietnamese street vendors<br>to a medic dressing the wounds of a wide-eyed soldier, Basset’s endearing<br>sketches and Rooke’s friendly prose humanize life during wartime. The seriocomic<br>vignettes and analyses are delivered with wit, compassion, and subtle<br>charm sure to please academic, artistic, and casual readers alike.</p>

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Rooke analyzes 86 sketches that political cartoonist Basset made in Vietnam when his publisher sent him there in 1965 to cover the Vietnamese War. In sections on denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance, and welcome home, the cartoons include where the elite meet to eat if you speak French, unwinding from a trip to Hanoi, South Viet gunboat off the 17th parallel, contraband inspection, black market--only place to get steel-soled shoes, third class seating, and commuting back to the village. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Syracuse : Syracuse University Press, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780815610571
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Basset, Gene 1927-
Rooke, Thom W. - Author


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