Richard Henzel has interpreted a number of American writer Mark Twain’s works. On this audiobook, he delivers an intimate performance of the essay "A Private History of a Campaign that Failed", a memoir infused with fiction. Twain’s account of his brief time as a Confederate soldier during the American Civil War highlights the confusion, violence, and lasting psychological impact of the conflict. The characters are vibrant and the details are heartbreaking. The prose cuts directly to the point, making clear the horror and the tragedy: "It seemed to me that I was not rightly equipped for this awful business, that war was intended for men and I for a child's nurse."