The Autobiography of Benjamin FranklineBook - 2010
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multcolib_BooksAndLit Oct 24, 2014
(1771–1790?) "Printer and publisher, author and educator, scientist and inventor, statesman and philanthropist, Benjamin Franklin was the very embodiment of the American self-made man. In 1771, at the age of 65, he sat down to write his autobiography, 'having emerged from the poverty and obs... Read More »
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What? 4-stars only? Are you mad? This book is legendary.
Yeah, I did it. What of it?! Don't get me wrong, I'm a huge fan of the guy, but I've got to fault him for a few things. Sure, I get it. He was a self-made man, a genius, an inventor of practical things, full of folksy sayings. However, for one thing, his writing style leaves much to be desired: his home-spun antiquated phrasings can leave a person tongue-tied, even if said person is just reading it in her head.
Also, the man wasn't quite as progressive a thinker as I always thought him. Indians are savages, and his view of women (which granted was possibly more far-thinking at his time), was far from feminism-approved, in that he thought that women should be educated, but only to the point that they could take over their husbands business should he die, and only until such time that the son became of age to take over said business.
I almost slapped you for that one, Franklin!
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"In reality, there is, perhaps, no one of our natural passions so hard to stifle as pride. Disguise it, struggle with it, beat it down, stifle it, mortify it as much as one pleases, it is still alive, and will every now and then peep out and show itself; you will see it, perhaps, often in this history; for, even if I could conceive that I had compleatly overcome it, I should probably be proud of my humility."
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