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DailyLit, from David Lamb

February 22, 2008 |

I'm sure many DailySpec readers are familiar with free online "bookstore" DailyLit. Not too many books in there, but free (good) books are always a good thing. For instance, right now I'm reading Random Reminiscences of Men and Events, the autobiography of John D. Rockefeller. I hope he'll allow the reader to get into his great mind.

Sam Humbert adds:

As valuable as the texts: the exegetic notes from earnest readers..

TomM says: One of the good things about Moby Dick is that the chapters are modular — that is, you can read one chapter without have read any of the others (though your appreciation of the plot may be diminished). My vegetarian aunt was thus able to skip the chapters which detail whaling, and which turned her stomach.


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  1. william pow on February 23, 2008 11:47 am

    john d. book is one of the best books ever written. many myths are demistified. we learn that john d. was not a miser or robber baron as displayed in such mudracking books as ida tarbell’s history of standard oil. rockefeller was a church going and generous man even before he became rich. he was always fair in his business deals. one of the things that must be remembered when reading about events of the past is that times have changed. many of the practices of john d. were not illegal or forbidden by the government of his times. ie railroad rebates. there was a lot less government requlation during john d.’s time. a good thing in my humble opinion. a excellent book and should be read by all.

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