April Newsletter- May 3rd, 2019
B-LUC BOOK CLUB RECOMMENDATION
If you saw my home office, you would see my reading list all around you. I have big stacks of books laying around everywhere. I am generally reading 2-3 books at any given time, and I love to recommend and lend a good book to a friend (sometimes to be seen again).
“BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, AN AMERICAN LIFE” By Walter Issacson
I recently devoured this 586 pager on the life of Benny Franklin and let me tell you, it is fire. I loved the classic “Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin” when I was younger and re-read it twice, so when I heard there was a definitive Biography of Benjamin Franklin, I had to check it out.
It is all about the Benjamins, Baby!
B. Franklin achieved more by the age 42 than most people do in their whole lives. As I am turning 42 years old this year, this is significant to me, a good reminder to me to stay busy. Not only is this guy an absolute phenom of achievement, diplomacy, and wisdom, his tale is rife with intrigue, history, vivid detail, and strategy. He has an insatiable curiosity for science, and a master of improving society with collective and pragmatic action. As a business owner and newsletter writer, his sense of humor and his printing escapades delighted me to no end. I think he may have been the best P.R. man in history.
Ultimately, the book does not hide the faults and foibles of its subject. Benjamin Franklin was distant from his family at times and too slow to act on slavery.
The book gives a full taste of the times that were some of the most extraordinary in modern history, from an inside view. If you are interested in the history of America, I highly recommend you get this book on your nightstand.