As president of the USA, George W. Bush undertook some significant ‘Missions’. These included capturing Osama Bin Laden; completing the unfinished business of dealing with Saddam Hussein in Iraq after the First Gulf War left him still in power; building on the concept of a ‘New World Order’ initiated by his father during his Presidency, the aim of which was, and still remains nebulous to many and lastly, to achieve policy successes at home and abroad that would define his legacy for posterity. During his presidency, the author had many occasions to render freelance editorial cartoons for newspapers in India and the US, that commented on events and issues that he considered interesting and important, and which reflected the impact of U.S. policies around the world. This book is a compilation of some of those cartoons. Where needed, brief comments have been added to give the reader the context in which they were rendered. The cynicism or sarcasm reflected in the cartoons is purely the result of an instant gut reaction to what the author saw, heard or read about George W. Bush, as and when a news item came to his attention. Hopefully, the contents of the book will allow the reader to re-look at George Bush and his ‘Presidency’ – a time during which he strutted on the world stage, and whether he ‘Accomplished’ the different ‘Missions’ at home and abroad that he and his administration set for themselves.
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Suraj Sriram, known in media circles by his pen name Eskay, is a well-known editorial cartoonist & illustrator, whose work has been published in numerous leading newspapers & magazines in India and the US over the past three decades. In the early to mid ‘80’s while in India, his work appeared regularly in the Sunday edition of a national newspaper Indian Express and a weekly tabloid Blitz. His cartoons and illustrations also appeared in a number of other tabloids and magazines published in Bombay (Mumbai). He went to the US in 1985 and during his 20 years there, his freelance editorial cartoons were published in Cape Cod Times, Sun Chronicle and Providence Journal. From 1996 to 2013 he was the editorial cartoonist for a weekly business paper Banker & Tradesman published by the Warren Group in Boston. His editorial illustrations also appeared in Banking New York published by the same group. In 2003 and 2005 he received awards from the New England Press Association for excellence as an editorial cartoonist. In addition to his freelance work, he also taught cartoon art in various institutions in Massachusetts & Rhode Island, including Rhode Island School of Design. He is a member of the National Cartoonist Society of America since 1987, and the Indian Institute of Cartoonist since 2013. He is the author of two books, “Indira Gandhi. The Final Chapter” published in 2011 and “Excuse Me Can We Have Our Country Back?” published by Niyogi Books in 2013. Both the books are a compilation of cartoons, caricatures and commentary that deal with political, social and cultural issues that confront the people of the vast sub-continent of India. His latest book is titled “George W. Bush. Some Missions Accomplished”. In this book, Eskay has given his take on the presidency of George W. Bush and through political cartoons and caricatures, highlighted some of his domestic and foreign policies and the impact they had in the US and countries around the world.
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