This Day in Jewish History 1869: Mark Twain Visits the Holy Land and Is Supremely Unimpressed

In 'Innocents Abroad,' his book on Palestine (among other places), Mark Twain sought realism over romance and, frankly, his impressions were not good, ranging from 'unpicturesque' to 'unsightly'.

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On July 20, 1869, Mark Twain published his book “Innocents Abroad,” his account of his journey to Europe and the Holy Land. It was the second book of the 33-year-old writer, and ended up being the best-selling...