In a twin biography masking the final ten years of the lives of neighbors and contemporaries, author Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) and statesman John Hay (who served as secretary of country below presidents William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt), The Statesman and the Storyteller not just offers an intimate investigate the day-by-day lives of those males but in addition creates an elucidating portrait of the USA at the verge of rising as an international power.

And simply because the narrative information the knowledge, and the occasional missteps, of 2 nice males in the course of a tumultuous time, it additionally penetrates the seat of strength in Washington because the state strove to make itself identified internationally--and within the technique devoted acts antithetical to America’s professed beliefs and promises.

The country’s most vital circulation during this time was once to visit struggle with Spain and to ultimately wrest  keep an eye on of Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. In what should be considered as the most shameful sessions in American political heritage, Filipinos who believed they'd been promised independence have been as a substitute informed they have been incapable of self-government after which violently subdued in a conflict that featured torture and execution of local squaddies and civilians. the us extensively utilized its starting to be army and political could to snatch everything of the Hawaiian Islands and a wide portion of Panama.

As secretary of kingdom in this time, Hay, although a charitable guy, was once still complicit in those misdeeds. Clemens, a staunch critic of his country’s imperialistic activities, used to be compelled by means of his personal monetary and relatives must mood his feedback. Nearing the tip in their lengthy and noteworthy lives, either males came upon themselves suffering to take care of their own integrity whereas final celebrated and esteemed public figures.

Written with a prepared eye--Mark Zwonitzer is additionally an award-winning documentary filmmaker--and trained via the author’s deep knowing of the styles of heritage, The Statesman and the Storyteller has the compelling velocity of a unique, the epic sweep of old writing at its most sensible, and, in taking pictures the essence of the lives of Hay and Twain, the humanity and nuance of masterful biography.

 

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