The Statesman and the Storyteller by Mark Zwonitzer
Tuesday, June 21
With The Statesman and the Storyteller: John Hay, Mark Twain and the Rise of American Imperialism, Mark Zwonitzer has written a dual biography about the final decade of a pair of friends, the humorist Mark Twain and statesman John Hay (secretary of state under William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt), which illuminates these two men and elucidates a portrait of the United States on the verge of becoming a world power.
The nation’s aggressive foreign policy at the time in such areas as Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines and elsewhere remain stunningly relevant to today’s global politics and engagement.
Mark Zwonitzer is a documentary film producer, director and writer. The executive editor of Algonquin Books, Chuck Adams, notes, “Zwonitzer has the eye of a filmmaker,” adding “His latest work has the compelling pace of a novel, the epic sweep of historical writing at its best, and, in capturing the lives of Hay and Twain, the humanity and nuanced detail of a masterful biography.”