A Great Cynic
One of the all-time great book titles is: Alone In Bad Company. This was written by Ambrose Bierce in the late 1800's. Like his hero, H.L. Mencken, he was a newspaperman. I recall that he wrote mostly in California, probably after trying to flee as far west as possible. There were surely other early American cynics, but this guy wrote well and left a record.
Birce's cynicism was spawned on the fertile ground of Civil War battlefields. That carnage and suffering turned men into much worse. Of course, battlefield medicine has come a long way since Gettysburg. Today, a soldier wounded in Afghanistan will be treated by a doctor in Landstuhl, Germany, quicker than an unlucky Civil War casualty saw a harried sawbones pass by where he moaned in a bloody heap.
Nb. Bonus points to alert readers that can spot the historical error in the above text. Answer tomorrow...even if no one is interested. Unlike old AB, I like my own company. That's one benefit of being an introvert.
Appomattox wasn't a battle. My favorite from The Devil's Dictionary: Abatis- "Trash placed in front of a fort to prevent the trash outside the fort from bothering the trash inside the fort"
Aha! A. B. (1842-1913?) would have been H. L. Mencken's ( 1880-1956) hero. Not the other way around.
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Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.