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ISBN13: 9780060911133
ISBN10: 0060911131
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In a church, young men are being gathered together prior to being shepherded off to their red, white, and blue deaths. To die for God and country! Those assembled laud this as no better fate, especially when accompanied by the slaughter of their faraway (and certainly less than human and likely heathen) enemies. But then a stranger walks in and suggests to them that praying for murder may not be such a good thing after all. Sadly, that prayer is far too common, as Twain makes clear with gravity and brevity. Somehow, it is still shocking, and still true. If Twain were alive today and published this in a newspaper, The War Prayer would easily mark him as a freedom-hating terrorist.
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Written by Mark Twain during the Philippine-American War in the first decade of the twentieth century, The War Prayer tells of a patriotic church service held to send the town's young men off to war. During the service, a stranger enters and addresses the gathering. He tells the patriotic crowd that their prayers for victory are double-edged-by praying for victory they are also praying for the destruction of the enemy... for the destruction of human life.

Originally rejected for publication in 1905 as "not quite suited to a woman's magazine," this antiwar parable remained unpublished until 1923, when Twain's literary executor collected it in the volume Europe and Elsewhere. Handsomely illustrated by the artist and war correspondent Philip Groth, The War Prayer remains a relevant classic by an American icon.

About the Author

Mark Twain was the pen name of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. Often called America's greatest satirist, he is best known for his novels The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince and the Pauper,and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.Born in 1835, Twain died in 1910.

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hockeygirl, July 12, 2009 (view all comments by hockeygirl)
this book shows you that when you pray for something such as for your men to come back from war successful you are then praying for others to fail. this shows you both sides of a prayer and although it was written during the Philippine-American war it is something that is good for any war because it shows how we have tunnel vision when it comes to our own people. its a very good book to help you understand both side of prayer and really make you think of what and how to pray.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780060911133
Author:
Groth, John
Author:
Groth, John
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
American
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
Harper Colophon Books
Series Volume:
51
Publication Date:
20011228
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
8.02x5.32x.24 in. .19 lbs.

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In a church, young men are being gathered together prior to being shepherded off to their red, white, and blue deaths. To die for God and country! Those assembled laud this as no better fate, especially when accompanied by the slaughter of their faraway (and certainly less than human and likely heathen) enemies. But then a stranger walks in and suggests to them that praying for murder may not be such a good thing after all. Sadly, that prayer is far too common, as Twain makes clear with gravity and brevity. Somehow, it is still shocking, and still true. If Twain were alive today and published this in a newspaper, The War Prayer would easily mark him as a freedom-hating terrorist.

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