Author • Journalist • Political Analyst • Speaker • Historian

A Best Business Book of 2017

“Light and frothy, this humorous biography is a lively read.” Kirkus Reviews

“Comic vignette[s]… enliven Alan Pell Crawford’s How Not to Get Rich, a short book that focuses on Twain’s wayward financial life. There is a notion that it is undignified for a writer to lust after money. Twain, as Mr. Crawford makes clear, did not hold to it.”—Wall Street Journal

“Echoing through Crawford’s book, Twain’s words remind us how completely he’d internalized a certain American vernacular, the zippy, breathless syntax of the early industrial age, stuffed with bombast and wonderment.”—The New Yorker

 Excerpted in The Paris Review and LitHub