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Ruth

Ruth United States Member Since 2010

I love clean books of all sorts. Love mysteries, fantasies epic to kids stories, fairy tales, romances, humor, and historical fiction

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  • "Amazing and Inspiring"

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    I had previously read Ben Franklin's Autobiography which was very good, but I really had wanted to hear his part in the founding of the nation. I highly recommend the autobiography as well, because it gives his personal style, flair and philosophy which helped him become who he was. It is very good, but I really wanted more and this book gave it to me. I so enjoyed listening to how much of a part he played not only in the shaping of the antecedents to the Revolution, but the part he played during the war. The Declaration of Independence, and the Constitutional Convention are either glossed over or left out of his autobiography. I had no idea he created batteries, discovered the gulf stream currents in the Atlantic, or that he conducted his own end of the war in Euroope as an envoy to France. I'm amazed at how much a visionary he was and how much he shaped our current society, by creating public libraries, and hospitals as well as the US Postal service and currency. His ability to motivate the public and move them in his direction without taking credit is a model to any modern day politician. This doesn't say anything about his scientific discoveries. The man is an amazing study and well worth any time and credits. I really loved this book. I don't think I can recommend it highly enough.

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    Sterling Point Books: Ben Franklin: Inventing America

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    • By Thomas Fleming
    • Narrated By A. C. Fellner
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    Perhaps more than even Washington, Jefferson, or Adams, Ben Franklin is the Founding Father who best exemplifies the authentic American spirit and values. Eminent historian Thomas Fleming paints a lively portrait of this self-made man blessed with a wealth of talents: a best-selling author, the most important newspaper publisher in America, and a world-renowned scientist and inventor before he took on the task of becoming the true "Father" of American independence.

    Ruth says: "Amazing and Inspiring"
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    I enjoyed this book. I read a lot of the holocaust literature and some WWII history --this story was definitely one of the will to survive. The family was so close to being able to leave Nazi Germany but instead the story is an accounting is of their life of struggle for 6 years. It's a 2-1/2 hour read and I recommend

  • I Am a Star: Child of the Holocaust

    "A short story"

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    I like reading these accounts, so I gave it a 4 star, but it was too short to really tell a story. Other than that, it's worth reading.

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