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The Wit & Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin by James C. Humes
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Dec 18, 11

did not like it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in January, 2001

A collection of sayings and anecdotes by and about Franklin. This “book” is worthless on every level --- it’s neither informative nor entertaining; indeed, it’s admirable as an achievement only in that it’s so shoddily put together.

The facts and quotes lack any attribution. The quotes are listed by categories seemingly selected at random, often overlapping, such as “Preparedness” and “Planning,” “Pomposity” and “Pretentiousness,” or “Cash” and “Money.” Other categories contain quotes seemingly unrelated to them. The other sections are just as bad: “Renaissance Roles” offers the same stuff as “Franklin Firsts” and “Inventions,” while “Franklin Fables” (a rubric meaning precisely nothing) is the same as “Anecdotes” (this last category is noted to contain some apocryphal stories, rendering it useless as historical fact). It’s a repetitive, sloppy rush job, and couldn’t possibly inspire anyone to admire Franklin’s genius.

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