The statesman and the storyteller : John Hay, Mark Twain, and the rise of American imperialism / Mark Zwonitzer.

Zwonitzer, Mark, author.
Other Title:
John Hay, Mark Twain, and the rise of American imperialism
First edition.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2016. , ©2016
xvi, 583 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Hay, John, 1838-1905.
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
Hay, John, 1838-1905.
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1897-1901.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1901-1909.
United States -- Territorial expansion.
Diplomatic relations.
Territorial expansion.
United States
"John Hay, famous as Lincoln's private secretary and later as secretary of state under presidents McKinley and Roosevelt, and Samuel Langhorne Clemens, famous for being 'Mark Twain, ' grew up fifty miles apart, on the banks of the Mississippi River, in the same rural antebellum stew of race and class and want. This shared history helped draw them together when they first met as up-and-coming young men in the late 1860s, and their mutual admiration never waned in spite of sharp differences in personality, in worldview, and in public conduct. In The Statesman and the Storyteller, the last decade of their lives plays out against the tumultuous events of the day, as the United States government begins to aggressively pursue a policy of imperialism, overthrowing the duly elected queen of Hawaii; violently wresting Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines away from Spain, and then from the islands' inhabitants; and finally encouraging and supporting a revolution to clear a path for the building of the U.S.-controlled Panama Canal. Rich in detail, The Statesman and the Storyteller provides indelible portraits of public figures such as Teddy Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge. Stunning in its relevance, it explores the tactics of and attitudes behind America's earliest global policies and their influence on U.S. actions for all the years to follow. But ultimately it is the very human rendering of Clemens and Hay that distinguishes Zwonitzer's work, providing profound insights into the lives of two men who helped shape and define their era" -- Provided by publisher.
Making a way in the world
A bad luck habit
With friends like these
Right and kind towards the others
Something more than nothingness
Still at sea
Accepting the inevitable, or not
Easing burdens
Bluff, brutal, blunt
The town begins to grow abominable
Theodore beats the drums
I will do without the monument
A panorama of power unequaled in history
The warm afterglow of a diamond jubilee
Repose and restfulness and superb scenery
Smoke and fog
Proportionately delightful
The demands of his conscience
No back down
You may fire when you are ready
What is our next duty?
You hold the game in your own hands
A larger orbe than my ambition doth stretch unto
As becomes a great nation
The United States is God's country
Planned and designed by the master of men
Back into the great happy river of life
I have never felt so absolutely alone
Winter and discontent
Et tu, Theodore?
And just beyond the Philippines?
How much truth to tell?
I'm expecting diminution of my bread and butter
The sorrow of one who knows
No answers but in time
The prophet Samuel...banished
And look where we are now
I could not resign now if I wanted to
I pledge you my honor
She said she wanted a home
Without danger to the public health
From the political point of view
It takes so little to upset the regular action of the heart
I didn't wish to be useful to the world on such expensive conditions.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 555-562) and index.
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