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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Twain Narrator: Richard Henzel Publisher: Big Happy Family Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2009 ISBN:
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This is the story of Mark Twain's brief career as a Confederate soldier at the beginning of the American Civil War. Mark Twain's private history is told from the viewpoint of someone who set out to do something in the war, but didn't.

What starts out as a kind of class reunion/camping trip quickly becomes a series of frightful near misses with a determined and deadly foe, and ends in painful, premature death for some and a lifetime of guilty regrets for others.

Mark Twain invites us to witness real war first hand, in a time when men still looked one another in the eye in the final moment of battle.

This Mark Twain in Person Library recording is an approximation of Mark Twain's own voice, just as his family might have heard the story for the first time in the family library. Download and start listening now!

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About the Author
Author Mark Twain

Mark Twain, pseudonym of Samuel L. Clemens (1835–1910), was born in Florida, Missouri, and grew up in Hannibal on the west bank of the Mississippi River. He attended school briefly and then at age thirteen became a full-time apprentice to a local printer. When his older brother Orion established the Hannibal Journal, Samuel became a compositor for that paper and then, for a time, an itinerant printer. With a commission to write comic travel letters, he traveled down the Mississippi. Smitten with the riverboat life, he signed on as an apprentice to a steamboat pilot. After 1859, he became a licensed pilot, but two years later the Civil War put an end to the steam-boat traffic.

In 1861, he and his brother traveled to the Nevada Territory where Samuel became a writer for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise, and there, on February 3, 1863, he signed a humorous account with the pseudonym Mark Twain. The name was a river man’s term for water “two fathoms deep” and thus just barely safe for navigation.

In 1870 Twain married and moved with his wife to Hartford, Connecticut. He became a highly successful lecturer in the United States and England, and he continued to write.