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This is a very detailed biography of HL Mencken, perhaps the greatest (sometimes nasty, sometimes intellectual) journalist of his generation in the US. A colorful guy (or at least I thought so before reading this biography), a colorful writer and generator of many pithy quotable quotes (I still think so after reading this biography).
There is nothing really wrong with the book, if you want to follow HL around day-by-day, year-after-year. But the life of a journalist (and typically of most famous authors ... Hemingway excepted perhaps) is not all that interesting. I found that my interest in Mencken flagged about halfway through the book and, had I had a paperbound version, I might have skimmed through the rest ... something that is hard to do with audio.
The book is well-written and well-narrated. That is in its favor.
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Marion Elizabeth Rogers masterfully wove an engaging and important story with pure historic and academic fact, and created an attractive read - a feat almost never accomplished and one of which Mencken would have been impressed. Rogers told the entire Mencken story, careful to avoid leaning too far too the right or the left, and never concluding the character of the man. This was the real Menken - a somewhat "racist" defender of civil rights, a "sexist" professional mentor to women, an American patriot "apologist" of Germany during the wars, and a defender and critic of the press. He was not an enigma... he was a real human. This biography should be required reading for young people today. There is much to love and loathe about Mencken... as there is with all of us. Just try to label him. You can't. Just admire his craft., and Marion Rogers' ability to share it.