Disturber of the Peace

  • by William Manchester
  • Narrated by Anthony Heald
  • 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This fine biography of H. L. Mencken tells of how he rose to his unique position as comic genius and pre-eminent critic of American culture. It is the story of a man whose massive power of invective inspired and infuriated his contemporaries and whose popularity and unpopularity mounted with the frenzied pace of the 1920s. Mencken sounded a loud, jarring note to a world governed by conformity and never hesitated to express his contempt for every kind of hypocrite, fake, and narrow-minded censor.Here also is Mencken's human side, not just his rambunctious wit but also his courtesy and hospitality, his support of struggling writers, and his personal foibles. What emerges is a compelling portrait of an extraordinary man.First released in 1951, this edition includes a new introduction and final chapter.

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A Revelation

This beautifully written, superbly narrated biography of H.L. Mencken seduced me with its language and insight into an amazingly complex enigma of a writer. I had never read anything by either Mencken or Manchester and this book proved a revelation to me. All I new of Mencken was his name as mentioned in movies of the 30's and in Inherit the Wind and his reputation as a tart-tongued pundit, so I was surprised by the breadth of his work. As a result, I have already ordered one Mencken book in paperback from Amazon (sadly not available in either audible or Kindle) and will investigate other Manchester bios in my preferred formats.
Anthony Heald's narration is marvelous - sarcastic, boisterous, warm, sad, or sweet by turns as appropriate to the text. This audio book is highly recommended.
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- Margaret Hildebrand

A fascinating biography of a very eccentric genius

If you could sum up Disturber of the Peace in three words, what would they be?

Fun. Informative. Well-written


What did you like best about this story?

I will read anything William Manchester wrote. I love his flair for story telling and making you understand Menchen.



Have you listened to any of Anthony Heald’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, new listener but satisfied


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- Elvin T. Bounds

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-02-2008
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.