Friday, October 12, 2012

Writings and speeches

Ever since I got my Kindle I've been getting more and more into the writings of our Forefathers and others that influenced our Nation in it's younger years. I'd read them all before, but most of them only once and over a period of about 40 years.
Because most of the famous speeches and writings are free, I've downloaded them and re-read them as I've done so. The most passionate one by far is Patrick Henry's famous speech, but I also enjoy Paine, Franklin, Washington and Jefferson. Matter of fact I've been reading 'Rules of Civility' off and on for the past week.
I keep finding new writings but I wonder if you kind folks have something from that time period that you enjoy or remember for some reason. I'm always on the lookout for new reading material.
Sorry. Didn't mean to sound all smart and shit.

6 comments:

Quixote said...

WC, best revolutionary war history I've ever read, '1776' by David McCullough...Kindle version (illustrated) is like $19 - Shld be required patriot reading. It's a tome but well worth the effort,

Quixote

Mike Roberts said...

The Essential Wisdom of our Founding Fathers. Is a good book but not sure if out US available in the Kindle or not.

Mike

Anonymous said...

Some of these I haven't gotten to yet.
The Vampire Economy, Gunter Reinmann
On Liberty, John Stuart Mill
The Road to Serfdom, F.A.Hayek and Bruce Caldwell
The River War, An Account of the Reconquest of the Sudan, Winston Churchill
The Story of the Malakand Field Force, An Episode of Frontier War, Winston Churchill
First Footsteps in East Africa, Sir Richard Francis Burton
The Emma Gees, Herbert Wes McBride
Leviathan, Thomas Hobbes

Places I get books:

http://www.gutenberg.org/
http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/
http://archive.org/index.php
http://www.pixelofink.com/

If you download the program from here you can convert other formats to Kindle
http://calibre-ebook.com/

Steve (currently in CA)

Anonymous said...

Read Indian Givers by Jack Weatherford. You'll find that the
Constitution was modeled after the Iroquois Indians .

Johnny Bee Dawg said...

Ben Franklin's Autobiography is outstanding. It might be free online. Gives lots of self-improvement tips, and he has a pretty damned good sense of humor. I used to read it each vacation at the beach. Hard to put it down.

He was completely self-made, very wise and thrifty, and ended up being pretty much the richest guy in all the country by working hard and SMART...talk about cutting thru red tape...pledged his entire fortune to the Revolutionary War effort.

Anonymous said...

Hey, anyone know who wrote the call to arms speech for the Confederacy? Something about, "Have you seen the ships out there? They are not there for protection, they are there for us- to arms!"