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The Power of Less by Leo Babauta

I’m always interested in reading books on personal productivity, and I was thrilled when I read Leo Babauta’s new book The Power of Less: The Fine Art of Limiting Yourself to the Essential…in Business and in Life. It’s gotten a lot of air time in the blogs I follow, and the idea of “less” is one that appeals a great deal to me. It didn’t take long to read, and I immediately found myself concentrating on a few key components for my own life. And when a book can get me to make changes that quickly, it’s a good thing.

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the best autobiography I have read to date. What deems it endearing, entertaining, and reliable is the obviously unedited and uncensored content within. Today, some assert Benjamin Franklin merely created a public identity that was vastly different from the private Franklin, but I argue this is unwarranted and untrue. It would be impossible to support this idea centuries afterward, given the absence of anything negative written about him when he lived. At the time of his death in 1790 at the age of 84, he not only had no known enemies, but over 20,000 people from two continents were in attendance at his funeral. This is evidence of how well-respected and well-loved indeed he was.

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