"Melton's book addresses the issues of race, imperialism and culture in a measured, thoughtful way. . . . Melton is making deliberate headway and guiding the reader upstream, not simply allowing the reader to be swept passively along with the tide"
Mark Twain Forum
"This book should be compelling to anyone interested in Twain, travel writing, or Americans' attitudes about travel. It may be a testament to Twain's enduring insightsor maybe just proof that human nature doesn't changethat his observations about American travelers are as relevant in the age of the jet as they were in the days of the steamship"
"Worthwhile reading for humor scholars, Twainiacs, and those interested in travel and travel theory generally." Choice