Raw Deal: Horrible and Ironic Stories of Forgotten Americans by Ken Smith
Trade paperback original • 5 x 7.75″ • 304 pages
Nonfiction • Black-and-white illustrations throughout • $12.95
Raw Deal is the perfect antidote to all of the self-affirming, ego-inflating, think-positive-and-you-can-win hogwash that pervades our society. The stories of twenty-two of America’s most ironic, undeserving victims are told in Raw Deal from Ota Benga, the African Pygmy put on display in a New York zoo, to Charles Goodyear, inventor of rubber, who died peniless. With hand-illustrated portraits by artist Mack White, Raw Deal proves what we all know deep down: good vibes and a positive attitude aren’t worth squat when you’re in the way of someone with power and money.