Mark Twain and the Colonel: Samuel L. Clemens, Theodore Roosevelt, and the Arrival of a New Century (Paperback)Philip McFarland (author)
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Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Number of pages: 520
Weight: 653 g
Dimensions: 225 x 144 x 27 mm
Philip McFarland's new book, the latest in his distinguished series of American biographies and histories, fuses two vivid stories set around the first decade of the twentieth century. One touches on the astonishing career of President Theodore Roosevelt, an eastern patrician sometimes derided as a "cowboy" and saber-rattler. He speeded the emergence of modern America from a frontier nation to a world power with far-flung interests. The second of McFarland's stories follows the comparably astonishing career of the democrat and westerner Mark Twain, who came east from the closing western frontier and became famous as author, humorist, and universal sage. More than a century later, these two flamboyant personalities, each a distinctly native production and neither at a loss for words on every issue of their time, continue to occupy a formative place in the American style and imagination. -- Justin Kaplan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Mr. Clemens and Mark Twain: A Biography
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