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I requested this book because I have an interest in Samuel Clemens. This is the first book by Richard Zacks that I have read.
This is a well researched and well written biography on a specific time period in Clemens life. It is about the world performance tour that he took with his wife and one daughter in order to pay off debts that he accumulated due to poor judgement or total lack of judgement. He was never a detail person when it come to anything outside of his immediate area of interest and he paid dearly for it later in life. The trip was also necessary to spare his wife the humiliation of the family declaring bankruptcy.
The author does a good job in demonstrating that Clemens could be a handful to manage at any time and his dread of being forced to perform his works in order to raise money to pay off his debts.The book is full of sections of Clemens performances which helps to make it even more appealing.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the life of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain).