None but the dead are permitted to tell the truth.
“The War Prayer” was eventually published after World War I, when its message was more in tune with the times. Now, Washington Monthly’s publisher, Markos Kounalakis, who was affected by Twain’s words when he covered the war in Yugoslavia in the early 90s, has made “The War Prayer” into a short video for release this Memorial Day weekend. It features stunning illustrations by Akis Dimitrakopoulos and is narrated by Peter Coyote, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, and Erik Bauersfeld. You can view it here.