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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Read by Gary Gilberd


Benjamin Franklin


Franklin wrote his autobiography in the form of an extended letter to his son. While recording the events of his life, he adds instructions …

Common Sense

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Thomas Paine


Common Sense, Paine's pro-independence monograph published anonymously on 10 January 1776, spread quickly among literate colonists. Within t…

The Philosophy of Style

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Herbert Spencer


“The Philosophy of Style,” explored a growing trend of formalist approaches to writing. Highly focused on the proper placement and ordering …

Essays on Some Unsettled Questions of Political Economy

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John Stuart Mill


This is Mill’s first work on economics. It foreshadows his Political Economy which was the standard Anglo-American Economics textbook of the…

Some Turns of Thought in Modern Philosophy

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George Santayana


Before the beginning of World War II, during the time of the Modernist movement in philosophy, George Santayana wrote these five descriptive…

Chapter IX: Why The People May Strictly Be Said To Govern In The United

In Democracy in America Vol. I

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Alexis de Tocqueville and Alexis De Tocqueville


When Tocqueville visited America in the 1830s he found a thriving democracy of a kind he had not seen anywhere else. Many of his insightful …

Chapter XXV: Jovian and Valentinian Pt. 1

In The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Vol. II

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Edward Gibbon


The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, a major literary achievement of the 18th century published in six volumes, was writ…

The Calvanism of To-day

In What's Wrong With the World

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GK Chesterton and G. K. Chesterton


Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874–1936) has been called the “prince of paradox.” Time magazine observed of his writing style: “Whenever possibl…

Letter VII - ANIMAL HEAT, its laws and influence on the Animal Functions

In Familiar Letters on Chemistry

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Justus Liebig and Justus Von Liebig


Justus von Liebig (1803-1873) was a German chemist who made major contributions to agricultural and biological chemistry and is known for hi…

Serpent and child

In Far Away and Long Ago

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W.H. Hudson and William Henry Hudson


William Henry Hudson was an author, naturalist and ornithologist. Hudson was born of U.S. parents living in the Quilmes Partido in Buenos Ai…