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Charles Schulz the most widely syndicated and beloved cartoonist of all time is also one of the most misunderstood figures in American culture Now acclaimed biographer David Michaelis gives us the first full length biography of Schulz at once a creation story a portrait of a hidden American genius and a chronicle contrasting the private man with the central role he played in shaping the national imaginationThe son of a barber Schulz was born in Minnesota to modest working class roots In 1943 just three days after his mother's tragic death from cancer Schulz a private in the army shipped out for boot camp and the war in Europe The sense of shock and separation never left him And these early experiences would shape his entire lifeWith Peanuts Schulz embedded adult ideas in a world of small children to remind the reader that character flaws and childhood wounds are with us always It was the central truth of his own life that as the adults we've become and as the children we always will be we can free ourselves if only we can see the humor in the predicaments of funny looking kids Schulz's Peanuts profoundly influenced the country in the second half of the 20th century But the strip was anchored in the collective experience and hardships of Schulz's generation the generation that survived the Great Depression and liberated Europe and the Pacific and came home to build the postwar worldMichaelis brilliantly weaves Schulz's story with the cartoons that are so familiar to us revealing a man we've never fully known and shedding new light on a touchstone of American lifeCharles Schulz the most widely syndicated and beloved cartoonist of all time is also one of the most misunderstood figures in American culture Now acclaimed biographer David Michaelis gives us the first full length biography of Schulz at once a creation story a portrait of a hidden American genius and a chronicle contrasting the private man with the central role he played in shaping the national imaginationThe son of a barber Schulz was born in Minnesota to modest working class roots In 1943 just three days after his mother's tragic death from cancer Schulz a private in the army shipped out for boot camp and the war in Europe The sense of shock and separation never left him And these early experiences would shape his entire lifeWith Peanuts Schulz embedded adult ideas in a world of small children to remind the reader that character flaws and childhood wounds are with us always It was the central truth of his own life that as the adults we've become and as the children we always will be we can free ourselves if only we can see the humor in the predicaments of funny looking kids Schulz's Peanuts profoundly influenced the country in the second half of the 20th century But the strip was anchored in the collective experience and hardships of Schulz's generation the generation that survived the Great Depression and liberated Europe and the Pacific and came home to build the postwar worldMichaelis brilliantly weaves Schulz's story with the cartoons that are so familiar to us revealing a man we've never fully known and shedding new light on a touchstone of American lifeCharles Schulz the most widely syndicated and beloved cartoonist of all time is also one of the most misunderstood figures in American culture Now acclaimed biographer David Michaelis gives us the first full length biography of Schulz at once a creation story a portrait of a hidden American genius and a chronicle contrasting the private man with the central role he played in shaping the national imaginationThe son of a barber Schulz was born in Minnesota to modest working class roots In 1943 just three days after his mother's tragic death from cancer Schulz a private in the army shipped out for boot camp and the war in Europe The sense of shock and separation never left him And these early experiences would shape his entire lifeWith Peanuts Schulz embedded adult ideas in a world of small children to remind the reader that character flaws and childhood wounds are with us always It was the central truth of his own life that as the adults we've become and as the children we always will be we can free ourselves if only we can see the humor in the predicaments of funny looking kids Schulz's Peanuts profoundly influenced the country in the second half of the 20th century But the strip was anchored in the collective experience and hardships of Schulz's generation the generation that survived the Great Depression and liberated Europe and the Pacific and came home to build the postwar worldMichaelis brilliantly weaves Schulz's story with the cartoons that are so familiar to us revealing a man we've never fully known and shedding new light on a touchstone of American life