[January 17, 2016] When I retired from the U.S. Army back in 2014, I began reading more in-depth books that pushed my understanding of famous people. I was most interested with famous military men and biographies fulfilled that desire, but few could give me the real thinking of those men. What I didn’t realize at the time was that an autobiography would help me achieve that goal.
I believe that those who write their autobiography have a message to share, and that message can be exciting and insightful. The language used comes straight from the author and is thus more potent than other books written by people from a distance. I find it easier to tune into the thoughts and feelings of the author and it leads to a better understanding of why the author made decisions and achieved their successes.
Here are the books I’m currently reading in the year 2020:
- The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin,Benjamin Franklin, P.F. Collier & Son Company, 1909.
- The Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank, Doubleday & Company, 1952.
- Homage to Catalonia, George Orwell, Secker and Warburg (London), 1938.
- The Story of My Life, Helen Keller, Doubleday, Page & Company, 1903.
In my opinion, it’s essential to be a good citizen and to be a good leader. Among personal traits that make us better are understanding relevant history and understanding complex situations. It also means encouraging others to read. Reading helps us mentally develop to do just that. Enjoy!