BANANA REPUBLIC: Adventures in Amnesia the small backward Third World nation with hearts of silver and mines of gold
by Kirk Anderson trade paperback, 214 pages $15.95
A merciless parody of the U.S. government's protracted wars on terrorism, civil liberties and the rule of law.
follows the mischievous death squads and hilarious junta hijinks of
Amnesia, a zany Third World dictatorship that is the polar opposite of
America! In Amnesia, Generalissimo Wally engages in roughhousing
practices we would consider low-class in our own country, such as
torture, warrentless surveillance, and imprisonment without charge!
Why, even secret prisons are not unheard of! Unlike the advanced American system, the Amnesian regime only serves the wealthy elite, not the peasant classes; in fact, politicians openly take money from wealthy businessmen with direct financial stakes
in pending legislation! From the Amnesians' overflowing prisons to
their state propaganda, from their crippling foreign debt to their
questionable elections, from their privately contracted paramilitaries
to their millions without basic health care, you'll be chuckling,
"Thank God we don't live in a banana republic!"
idealistic Rita and jaded Diego, a peasant couple struggling against
Generalissimo Wally's devilish death squads. Rita clings to the hope
that reform can come by working within the system, putting her faith in
Amnesia's only state-authorized opposition party, the hopelessly
spineless Los Cause (motto: Standing up for something risks losing your seat for nothing). Diego is convinced less dainty options will be necessary to change the roguish state, and flirts with the insurgency, SHIV (Security & Honor through Indiscriminate Violence).
Get to know Generalissimo Wally, the reluctant dictator caring for his
beloved people like a stern, yet big-hearted, abusive father. Don't
forget Cesar, the national guardsman trying to fit back into civilian
life with prosthetic bazookas for arms, and get ready for some hilarious junta hijinks!
Kirk Anderson is an award-winning political cartoonist whose work has appeared in hundreds of trusted news sources, including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Onion, and Newsweek. The cartoons collected here originally appeared in the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Anderson's 20 years of cartooning include eight years as the staff editorial cartoonist for the St. Paul Pioneer Press. His work has appeared on the CBS Evening News
and on the floor of Congress, in the Warhol Museum and in hundreds of
books, and throughout four continents and hundreds of magazines. He
lives in St. Paul with his wife, Nancy Brewster, and two invisible
friends, Winky and Mr. Tithers.