This amusing pictorial map is a scathing commentary on the domestic and foreign policy agenda of Ronald Reagan in the early 1980’s. The cowboy president can be seen facing off from across the globe with a similar caricature of Leonid Brezhnev (replaced by Gorbachev in a 1987 edition).
Skewed territorial outlines are accompanied by satirical text reflecting on important contemporary topics like race, the environment and political identity. But the image makes clear that the Cold War was the foremost issue of the day.
A divided China, several ICBMS scattered throughout Europe, and Soviet Territory (in Cuba) all all indicative of the hostility between East and West. Even the compass rose reinforces the notion of antagonism as something as American as apple pie.
The map was drawn by David Horsey and published in Seattle by the Seattle Post Intelligencer in 1982.
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