|Title||:||Mark Twain's Weapons of Satire: Anti-imperialist Writings on the Philippine-American War (Studies on Peace & Conflict Resolution)|
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Mark Twain's Weapons of Satire: Anti-imperialist Writings on the Philippine-American War (Studies on Peace & Conflict Resolution) Reviews
In the final decade of his life, Mark Twain became the most visible spokesman for The American Anti-Imperialist League. This organisation was formed to oppose America's annexation and subjugation of the Philippines, and the Philippine-American War that accomplished that goal. Today, that most shameful of all American wars has been nearly blotted from memory, and along with it the memory of Mark Twain's principled and vigorous opposition to it. For that opposition, he was denigrated in the press, [...]
Mark Twain's scathing wit is turned on the imperialistic ambitions of American politicians and foreign policy in this collection of his speeches, letters, essays and columns. It's easy to remember Twain for his comedic works we read in high school, but if you'll remember, even those had a moral and point as well as a subtle critique of societal factors. Twain was nothing if not an activist. Shaming your government and placing yourself at risk of having your patriotism questioned, of being called [...]
This is a compilation of Mark Twains writings on the war in the Philippines and other military ventures of the late 19th and early 20th century. I honestly think that many of these passages could be used to describe current goings on in American politics and while not all of the selected works are created equal, the ones that resonate through history make the entire book worth the read. However, some of the passages are dated and will make this short collection drag at certain points.