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Mark Twain's Book For Bad Boys and Girls Hardcover – 1 Dec 1995

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Mark Twain is without question one of America's favorite authors, but few people fully appreciate that within this beloved writer's memorable works is the subversive philosophy that "bad" people often are happier and more successful than those who strive to be "good". Mark Twain's Book for Bad Boys and Girls is the first-ever compilation of Twain's wise and witty essays, sketches, and stories on the joys and rewards of misbehavior. With themes including "honesty is not always the best policy", "the wicked are not always punished", and "virtue is often its only reward", this delightfully mischievous book includes such incorrigible advice as: "If your mother tells you to do a thing, it is wrong to reply that you won't. It is better and more becoming to intimate that you will do as she bids you, and then afterward act quietly in the manner according to the dictates of your best judgment".

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HASH(0x9ba60fc0) out of 5 stars Charming, fun, instructive 10 Nov. 2003
By N.. Martin - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Even a book this small reveals how wonderful was the pen of Mark Twain. It is brimming with good-natured mischief and well-told yarns. It is the perfect antidote to the smarmy nonsense plopped onto the bookshelves by The Gambling Gourmand, William Bennett. A perfect gift for an intelligent youngster, and a delight for adults.
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HASH(0x9a563578) out of 5 stars Better, Much Better Than William Bennett 1 Dec. 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is a great little book. A gift to kids that will touch their minds and set off mini-explosions of laughter and possibility. William Bennett, the idiot of our times, could never have thought of this stuff and doesn't have the intellect or imagination to be able to write this well. Let's buy this book and dismiss William Bennett. Mark Twain is an American original.
HASH(0x9a56434c) out of 5 stars Great collection of stories and essays with naughtiness in mind! 25 Nov. 2013
By jennie henzel - Published on
Format: Hardcover
A terrific collection of Mark Twain's most hilarious bad advice for kids, naughty characters, and scenes showing that Mark Twain's strength has always been stories where bad deeds are hardly ever gone unrewarded. I may be prejudiced, however, as I produced the audiobook of Mr. Rasmussen's book, and you can see it at my website, richardhenzel com.
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