Mark Zwonitzer will discuss The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism

EVENT OVERVIEW:  Mark Zwonitzer, Documentary Film Producer, Director, and Writer will discuss his New Hardcover The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain, and the Rise of American Imperialism.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Mark Zwonitzer is the Author of a previous Biography, Will You Miss Me When I m Gone?: The Carter Family and Their Legacy in American Music, written in conjunction with Charles Hirshberg.  That Book was a Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award.  In addition, he is an acclaimed Documentary Film Producer, Director, and Writer.

ABOUT THE NEW BOOK:  In the tradition of the Bestselling Historical works of David McCullough, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Stephen Ambrose, and Walter Isaacson, Award-Winning Documentarian Mark Zwonitzer brings two extraordinary American figures--and friends--into the spotlight at a time when their country was taking center stage in the world.  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

DATE & TIME:  Thursday, May 05, 2016, at 6:30 PM

LOCATION:  Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum, 4801 Main Street, Kansas City, Missouri 64112

EVENT FORMAT: Mark Zwonitzer will discuss his New Hardcover The Statesman and the Storyteller and answer audience questions.  A Booksigning will follow the discussion.

ADMISSION PACKAGE:  This is a Complimentary OPEN House Event.  Registration is Required.  Visit to Register or Call 816-701-3407.  Seating is General Admission.  Rainy Day Books will have Mark Zwonitzer’s Books for Sale at this Event.  

Your Order will ship within a Day or two of the Event.  All Books are packed in bubble wrap and shipped in boxes.

DISCLAIMER:  All Author Event sales are final and non-refundable.  Kansas Sales Tax is charged on all Orders, regardless of destination.  Unless otherwise indicated, Authors will only sign Books purchased from Rainy Day Books accompanied by a Stamped Autographing Admission Ticket.  Additional Signed Books are available for purchase at our Author Event.

Event date: 
Thursday, May 5, 2016 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
Kansas City Public Library, Plaza Branch, Truman Forum
4801 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64112

AUTOGRAPHED BOOK: One Author Autographed Hardcover of The Statesman and The Storyteller by Mark Zwonitzer.

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