Sunday, January 17, 2010

Book #10 – The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

51qFd1oBZjL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA240_SH20_OU01_[1] I read this book as a kid, or at least I thought I did. After grabbing this from Amazon (free for e-reading), I wonder now. I must have read a biography instead because the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is tough to read.
Apparently Mr. Franklin didn’t believe in chapters as this book appears to be one long section of writing. I tended to read 5-10 pages at a time and move on because the language and style is dry, and old. It just feels like it was from another time.
However it’s interesting to hear his perspectives on his life and his accomplishments. He talks about his early life, and his attempts to be a more moral/perfect person. He reminds me of some of the people I know that are very driven to change the world, and it makes me feel like I’m lazy and not doing enough in the world. The book covers most of the 1700s, his childhood apprenticeships through his work just before the Revolutionary War.
I don’t know if I’d recommend this as general reading, but if you like history, there are interesting accounts of the world at that time in America.

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