The War Prayer by famed author Mark Twain is a searing indictment of the rationales and reasons that are often used to justify war – any war. The book was published after his death. Twain said that only dead men can tell the truth.
The narrative deals with a preacher extoling his congregation to rally behind the troops as they are sent off to war. The service is unexpectedly interrupted by a stranger who presents a vastly different view of the war preparations and consequences.
This little known but remarkable work by one of America’s most celebrated writers will remain with the reader long after the final page is read.