The Harvard Classics Volume 1

The first volume in the Harvard Classics is actually pretty good.  It consists of three works: The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin , by Benjamin Franklin Journal, by John Woolman Fruits of Solitude, by William Penn All were actually fairly readable from my perspective although I enjoyed the writing of Franklin the most and Woolman the least with Penn being somewhere in the middle. Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography covers essentially the first half of his life as he passed away before he could finish writing it.  He is very modest and actually matter of fact in relating the events of his life.  He also has a very witty writing style that is … More after the Jump…

The Harvard Classics

I decided a few days ago that I am going to start a project that I have always wanted to do, read the entire 51 Volume set of the Harvard Classics aka “The Five Foot Shelf of Books”.  I work in a Library and we have the complete set on our shelves but they are also available as eBooks in a couple of places online such as at the Project Gutenberg website.  I first remember hearing about them in High School when our English teacher mentioned them.  They are essentially a method to obtain a classical liberal arts education without going to school. The short description of the collection from … More after the Jump…

I am Back

It has been a while since I posted consistently.  I want to apologize for that and promise that for the foreseeable future at least I will post more consistently.  I mainly stopped posting because I got bored and for a little bit I stopped reading history or even really thinking about it all that much. I started this blog a little over 8 years ago in September 2010 when I was in the middle of wrapping up the Thesis for my first Master’s Degree in History.  I was then and am still now a total history geek with an emphasis on military history.  Since I started the blog a lot … More after the Jump…