In 1984 the hometown of Mark Twain town, Hannibal Missouri, began preparation for a yearlong celebration commemorating the sesquicentennial (150th) of the writer's birth. Native born Ron Powers returns home to take measure of his past and to witness the behind the scenes activities of both outside promoters and local leaders.
His observations and documentation can easily be transferred to what the City of St. Augustine may experience in preparation of the oldest cities 450th birthdate. The good intentioned citizens, corporate involvement, committee bickering, gossip of malfeasance, it's all there.
We suggest ordering this book, it is a quick read and can give us insight into well meaning but somewhat grandiose community pride devolving into a muddled affair that could easily be repeated in a town such as St. Augustine.
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