On Mark Twain, Lincoln, Imperialist Wars and the Weather


12 pages | Paperback

ISBN: 978 0 85124 687 1



By Kurt Vonnegut

Vonnegut’s talent for making us laugh, even “at this crisis in our history”, is ubiquitous.

His criticisms toward the current war on Iraq are accentuated through the humanity and morality of two great Americans, Mark Twain and Abraham Lincoln. Both “…made the American people laugh at themselves and appreciate really important, really moral jokes.” This propensity for self-awareness resonates all the way through this pamphlet as Vonnegut discusses the present war.