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Pen Warmed Up In Hell [Paperback]

M Twain
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Jan. 16 1979
"Here is a book that is a pleasure to recommend. . . . A collection to be dipped into time and time again."Los Angeles Times "Raging, satiric, devastatingly caustic and witty."Publishers Weekly

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5.0 out of 5 stars A pen warmed up in Hell Feb. 21 2009
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This is an essential part of the early eduction of every person. If you missed it it's never too late to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dissenter Gave the Hypocrticial Establishment Hell Jan. 31 2007
By James E. Egolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The short anthology of some of Mark Twain's(1835-1910)essays written in protest of hypocrisy, mean spirtedness, and unbridled power are a reminder that while Mark Twain had a splendid sense of humor, he also had a profound sense of compassion. These essays show a serious side of Mark Twain and his keen awareness of powerful men ruining the unfortunate and the "underdog."

Some of these essays were scathing denounciations of U.S. imperialism which started in the 1890s. Twain's bitter attack on U.S. forces destroying men, innocent women, and children during attempts to suppress a Philopino rebellion against U.S. annexation of the the Philipines after promises of political independence in 1898 are a sarcastic attack on what media liars called a battle which was actually a wanton massacre. Twain's caustic attack on this battle is a lesson on holding media accounts suspect.

One reviewer commented on Mark Twain's "War Prayer" which is thoughtful essay on the actual costs of war and what war does the morality of the "victors." This essay alone is worth the price of the book.

Similiar to the above mentioned essay is Twain's excerpt from his novel titled THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER. This short excerpt informs readers of how war is used to take advantage of the uninformed who are foolish enough to beleive that their rulers actually care for them when in fact political leaders despise those ruled and and hold them in contempt. This short piece is a classic because it describes war, the hypocrisy associated with war, and too the often the dismal results of war for both the vanquished and the victors.

Some self appointed do-gooders have tried to censor this book. The fact is that A PEN WARMED UP IN HELL is so poignent and clear that any reasonable individual would pause and reflect on these essays. Twain did not pander to superficial respectability, and this has angered those too lazy to think or those who are too apprehensively conventional to appreciate the blunt truth.

The one essay titled "To the Person Sitting in Darkness" is a depressing piece of writing indicating that of the "underdog" is so isolated that his or her status is ignored. This essay should inspire some compassionate person to take notice of those who are shamelessly ignored and at least publisize their plight especially if their plight is the result of legal and politcal injustice.

The title of this anthology caught this reviewer's attention, and the essays reflect both the title of the book and Mark Twain's indignation. Readers who appreciate A PEN WARMED UP IN HELL should read Mark Twain's THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER for a more comprehensive view of Mark Twain "in protest."
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pen Warmed Up In Hell: Great Reading Feb. 29 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Better than Huckelberry Finn, or Tom Sawyer. Several short stories, that should be required reading in every school! "The War Prayer" is outstanding. This book shows a side of Twain, that is not mentioned in most school classes. Because it is not politically correct, and never was, it was nearly banned on at least one occasion. This is the main reason that it is hard to locate, and why few people have heard of it. A Must REad!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Non-Fiction, Political Mark Twain Nov. 20 2010
By MNMickey - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful collection of some of Mark Twain's political writing. It's not easy to find (currently out-of-print) and would be worth some publisher re-issuing it. While the collection includes one excerpt from Twain's "Huckleberry Finn," it is primarily letters to editors or short articles that were printed in newspapers. It's a shocker for the modern reader who doesn't know much about American history beyond the American mythology presented in high school history classes. Twain's comments about US abuses in our take-over of the Philippines and our involvement in China are slaps in the face of my-country-right-or-wrong thinking. He rages, effectively and sarcastically, about the hypocrisy of Christian missionaries in China, as well as the attitudes of exclusion and superiority expressed by religious figures in the US churches. In other words, this is Twain at his best--taking on racism, hypocrisy, imperialism, greed, and injustice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Great Book April 21 2009
By Cameron L. Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
I'm an atheist who originally bought this book for the sole reason of having Bible Teaching and Religious Practice in my collection. Bible Teaching and Religious Practice is an incredible collection of Reason arguing against any Christian who continually extols only the positive aspects of Christianity. Even though I bought this book specifically for this purpose, I was also pleasantly surprised by the other stories that were included. Stories about slavery, the American Revolution, early Chinese-American discrimination, among other anti-religious stories.

Incredible book all around. Would highly recommend this to anyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Concerning "The War Prayer" Jan. 22 2000
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Format:Hardcover
of this book I have only read "The War Prayer," and it is one of the finest works of art that I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. It is truly something that every intellectual should read.
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