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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
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Jul 12, 10

Read in July, 2010

I really have nothing to add that hasn't been said elsewhere. I am no Franklin scholar and was only saved by constant visits to wikipedia by the fact that my Kindle makes dictionary look ups very easy. The language was "stereotypical" to me as I didn't know enough about the time to discern a voice. But I did find value in a few things:

Franklin has an interesting way to phrase what "we" would consider obvious. He writes at the dawn of modern science and of the necessity of experiments. Here's talking about designing better ships:

This is an age of experiments, and I think a set accurately made and combin'd would be of great use. I am persuaded, therefore, that ere long some ingenious philosopher will undertake it, to whom I wish success.

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