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For over half a century, Hal Holbrook has been known as the face and voice of another man. In 1954, he began his one-man show as Mark Twain; two years later, one television appearance made him a national sensation. His portrayal made him famous and helped win him a National Humanities Medal, but it obscured the man behind the makeup mask, whose story is finally told here in a memoir of almost overwhelming power. Harold reveals a young man sensitized by the abandonment of both parents, the insanity of one, and the disappearance of the other. Holbrook explains how he became an actor almost by accident and describes the personal sacrifices that perfecting his craft entailed. A literary memoir worth recommending.