Month: January 2016

Mark Twain’s Autobiography

Mark Twain, as you probably know, was a very famous writer. He was very well known, and he was very rich. But he was a very depressed man. This shines through clearly in his autobiography.

In the beginning of the autobiography he relishes in the fond and sunny memories of childhood. But as you progress into the book, you start to wade deeper and deeper into the muddy swamp. He was a very skeptical kid, and he carried that throughout his life. When he was a kid in school he prayed for a piece of gingerbread that the teacher had. Of course, the gingerbread didn’t lift off the desk and fly to him, so he lost all faith in religion.

He talks about several instances in his childhood and early teens. About the minstrel shows and the hypnotist and the swings that broke. He talks as though he wished he were a kid again, for although he had a successful life in the material sense, Mark Twain was not happy. He missed something in his life. Something that was just beyond the reach of his fingertips. And that something was love. Continue reading “Mark Twain’s Autobiography”


Donald J. Trump

Donald Trump

Donald J. Trump was born in June, 1946, to Fred and Mary Trump, owners of the small construction business Elizabeth Trump and Sons. He was the star of the NBC show The Apprentice for many years until he canceled the contract in 2015.

He attended the Wharton School of Business, which is known as the best financial school in the country. He has one of the smartest business minds in America, and he also has a gut feeling about everything he does, which carries him through.

When he graduated he took over the business and changed the name to The Trump Organization.

One of the most famous projects he undertook was the rebuilding of Wollman Rink, a project which New York City had given up. He finished it ahead of schedule and under budget. Continue reading “Donald J. Trump”

George Washington Plunkitt

George Washington Plunkitt was a politician who lived in the late 1800s and the early 1900s. He belonged to Tammany Hall—a Democratic political machine that was long known to be corrupt. He served as a Senator for many years and he was the district leader of the Fifteenth District in New York.

Plunkitt’s autobiography is most remembered for his ideas and talks about honest and dishonest graft and the civil service examinations.

Honest graft, as explained in the book, is the process of getting rich by honest means. Dishonest graft is the process of getting rich by cheating and stealing and being dishonest.

The civil service examinations were examinations that men took to get into political offices. They were hard examinations to pass. They included college-level material and specifics that perhaps only a few knew by heart. Plunkitt hated the civil service examinations. Continue reading “George Washington Plunkitt”