Minority Report; H. L. Mencken's Notebooks by H. L. Mencken

By H. L. Mencken

With a mode that mixed biting sarcasm with the "language of the unfastened lunch counter," Henry Louis Mencken shook politics and politicians for almost part a century. Now, fifty years after Mencken’s demise, the Johns Hopkins collage Press publicizes The Buncombe assortment, newly packaged versions of 9 Mencken classics: satisfied Days, Heathen Days, Newspaper Days, Prejudices, Treatise at the Gods, On Politics, Thirty-Five Years of Newspaper paintings, Minority record, and A moment Mencken Chrestomathy.

In 1956, Mencken learn via his notebooks and extracted these items he suggestion truest, such a lot pertinent, so much detailed, or probably to blow the airborne dirt and dust out of a reader's mind.

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