Thursday, September 25, 2014
Monday, September 22, 2014
Sunday, September 21, 2014
Monday, September 15, 2014
Though controversy still surrounds the topic, I like Benjamin Franklin; by far the oldest of the most familiar founders, Franklin was a robust, successful businessman of 26 by the time George Washington was born. Franklin was a modern thinker, except for the tools and technology he had at his disposal, much more like a modern mover-and-shaker than we might suppose: he had his own media empire, he networked like crazy, he used what we call a "spreadsheet" to organize data, he was curious about everything in his world, he traveled more than many do even now, he loved to travel-even in his old age in uncomfortable conditions. He is the only founder to have signed all four of the major documents of our founding as a nation. He wasn't the best family man, but had lots of friends, mostly women. He was appropriate to the morals and customs of his time, not ours, however. And he underestimated the viciousness and blood shed of the French Revolution. These things and more, I learned from "Benjamin Franklin - An American Life" by Walter Isaacson. Readable, enjoyable if it's your first book about Franklin or you are adding to your knowledge.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Saturday, September 6, 2014
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