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Magnificent collection of Mark Twain's topical writings, mainly and most eloquently concerned with the themes of social justice, the American Civilization...

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ISBN : 11623973
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Number of Pages : 259 Pages
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  • Lucy
    2019-04-10 06:34

    "O Lord our Father, our young patriots, idols of our hearts, go forth to battle--be Thou near them! With them--in spirit--we also go forth from the sweet peace of our beloved firesides to smite the foe. O Lord our God, help us to tear their soldiers to bloody shreds with our shells; help us to cover their smiling fields with the pale forms of their patriot dead; help us to drown the thunder of the guns with the shrieks of their wounded, writhing in pain; help us to lay waste their humble homes with a hurricane of fire; help us to wring the hearts of their unoffending widows with unavailing grief; help us to turn them out roofless with their little children to wander unfriended the wastes of their desolated land in rags and hunger and thirst, sports of the sun flames of summer and the icy winds of winter, broken in spirit, worn with travail, imploring Thee for the refuge of the grave and denied it--for our sakes who adore Thee, Lord, blast their hopes, blight their lives, protract their bitter pilgrimage, make heavy their steps, water their way with their tears, stain the white snow with the blood of their wounded feet! We ask it, in the spirit of love, of Him who is the Source of Love, and who is the ever-faithful refuge and friend of all that are sore beset and seek His aid with humble and contrite hearts. Amen." (67)

  • John
    2019-04-16 05:54

    A series of letters, essays, and rants from his autobiography about the Boer War, King Leopold's bloody rule of the Congo, the Spanish-American War, the Philippine insurrection, slavery in various forms, the British Empire, Russia, England, lynching, and the Boxer Rebellion in China.Also, he discusses the causes of indifference, racism, conformity, and moral cowardice. Twain, however, admits sharing many of the weaknesses of the human race. Most of these events are not common knowledge, at least to Americans, but the introductions explain these events well. Mark Twain in top form, raising Cain about injustice in all its forms, and much of it never before published in book form, or at all.

  • Mark
    2019-04-14 09:52

    Mark Twain is one of the few heroes that I have. In this not-so popular Twain book, he is in top form. No one is spared the rod. Starting with the human race in general, he focuses on the United States, on the Jews, on the white race, and on Russia to name a few. Twain's talent lies in his ability to joke his way through some serious issues (as G. Bernard Shaw comments on the back cover of the book) and he does a superb job in this collection of iconoclastic essays.

  • Bethany
    2019-03-28 08:00

    I always appreciate Mark Twain's work, and this collection was interesting too. If you like any of his observations of people, you'll enjoy this one too though it is a little darker than some of his other work.

  • Christopher Roth
    2019-04-24 05:57

    Brilliant. Incandescent. Reads like something written today about what happened in the news yesterday. No one in American letters had the same combination of scorching wit and deep unwavering moral clarity. He had the loudest and most unerring bullshit detector in history; he was ALLERGIC to bullshit, and his allergic symptom was instantaneous rage and brilliance. He grew up amid the most brutal violence and hypocrisy and superstition, but through sheer humanity and intelligence he managed to diagnose the rotten core of all that's wrong with America and humanity, and he did so even when the whole world disagreed with him. He is the Boss. Period.

  • Tony duncan
    2019-04-20 04:45

    What can I say. this is brilliant.Mark Twain at his most acerbic cynical hysterical self.Little gems, like Jews "too were part of the human race, and worse he could say about no man) A series of unconnected pieces that twain wrote about American and he world and his view of humanity form the 1860's through his death. I n spite of 8 years of Bush it gives some hope that there has been progress

  • Eric
    2019-04-15 09:33

    Oh the nature of man. What a sad state of consciousness we have been reminded of by Mr. Twain. But most will continue in its fallacy. And sadly we will continue as the "Lower Animal" status explained in this essay. The twisted "Moral Sense" described by Twain must stop and be turned to its proper form. Can man do it?

  • Robin
    2019-04-04 09:32

    I would've enjoyed this more if the editor's commentary in this particular edition had been confined to a specific area of the book rather than being so heavily interspersed through Twain's writing.

  • Chambers Stevens
    2019-04-09 07:57

    The Dark side of Twain.

  • Nicole
    2019-04-18 04:54

    Only got through about three of the essays. Maybe I'd be more interested if I had a better grounding in the history of the time...but I didn't much like Twain's style here either.

  • Bob Newman
    2019-04-08 05:54

    a critic before his timeMark Twain is known all over the world as a down-to-earth humorist and teller of tales. His adventures have attracted readers ever since they were published. I certainly liked "Tom Sawyer", " "Huckleberry Finn", "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court", "Innocents Abroad", and "Roughing It". All these are classic American works which I could recommend to anyone. But many people, accustomed to his humor and down-home attitudes, may not realize that Samuel Clemens wrote a lot of bitter criticism of his own country and his own species. At a time when Europeans and Americans breathed religion (Christianity) and believed that the white man was destined to rule the world, thereby spawning ugly colonial/imperial wars, Mark Twain said 'no'. It took guts, and it took an independent mind. Today his writings on such subjects may seem merely politically correct. His critique of imperialism, wars, racism, corruption and organized religion has been duplicated so often that what was radical then may seem humdrum today. So much has the general attitude changed. But if you want to admire a man who dared to fly in the face of national, popular opinion when he could have basked in his deserved fame, you ought to read this book of excerpts from his many articles, letters, and books. Condemning the Tsarist rule in Russia, speaking out against the Belgian atrocities in the Congo, the American massacres in the Philippines, the Boer War, and Southern lynching are only a few of the topics you'll find here. I wonder if, even today, his writings are taught in high schools in America. They should be. Some of the excerpts here can be a bit preachy or long-winded, but in general Mark Twain hits the bullseye every time.

  • Arlan Salo
    2019-04-02 04:37

    And so I find that we have descended and degenerated, from some far ancestor (some microscopic atom wandering at its pleasure between the mighty horizons of a drop of water perchance) insect by insect, animal by animal, reptile by reptile, down the long highway of smirchless innocence, till we have reached the bottom stage of development (nameable as the Human Being). Below us, nothing.

  • Jim Aker
    2019-04-25 04:55

    This was a fine read. The editor's notes were somtimes a little disruptive, but on the whole it was an outstanding compilation of essays from many unpublished sources marking Twain's contempt for the mendacity and hypocrisy of the race of mankind in general. It is a tour of Twain's acrid wit and laser like insight on the human condition and its foibles.

  • Chris
    2019-04-17 01:47

    It's been a while since I read this, but I remember enjoying it. The other thing I remember is that some of the situations/events/people that Twain discusses are not well known to people of today. In reading this book you can get a good feel for Twain's opinion on things.

  • Matt Knoegel
    2019-04-10 09:02

    Awesome

  • Dave Peticolas
    2019-04-13 06:56

    A collection of essays by the American master. Twain's brilliant satire and his empathy for human suffering are evident throughout.

  • Anita
    2019-04-10 09:37

    If Twain thought this of man's state then, I can't imagine what he would have to say now.

  • Tracy Brittain
    2019-04-09 02:58

    Chapter 1 -5