And the Pursuit of Happiness

And the Pursuit of Happiness

Written and Illustrated by: Maira Kalman
Publisher: Penguin Books (October 30, 2012)

Energized and inspired by the 2008 elections, celebrated illustrator Maira Kalman traveled to Washington, D.C., launching a year-long investigation of American democracy and its workings. The result is an artist’s idiosyncratic vision of history and contemporary politics. 

Whether returning to America’s historical roots at the Lincoln archive and Jefferson’s Monticello, or taking the pulse of the present day at a town hall meeting in Vermont, an army base in Kentucky, and the inner chambers of the Supreme Court, Kalman finds evidence of democracy at work all around us. Her route is always one of fascinating indirection, but one that she captures and shares in hundreds of beautiful, colorful illustrated examples of why we are proud to be Americans.

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