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This is truly a fun little book. It's worth having on your shelf when friends come over and peruse your collection. Without fail they'll pull this one out thinking it's nothing but potty humor. Then they see WHO?!?! Ben Franklin?!?!!? WHAT?!?!?
This very small book is a collection of the satire of Ben Franklin. Those of you looking for a good book of fart jokes will be deeply disappointed. Those looking for a good laugh will not be. Those looking to learn more about Ben Franklin will learn a great deal.
A few must-reads are "Rules on Making Oneself Disagreeable" (though farting is not mentioned), "On choosing a Mistress" (again, no farting, but it's hilarious), and the best of all "A Letter to a Royal Academy" in which Franklin makes a suggestion to a group of scientists: throw away all your abstract theory and find a way to make farts smell nice. It is the most subtle and disparaging piece I've ever read, and it rides that line between "is he SERIOUS?!?" and "is this is a joke!??!"
There are actually historically important pieces in this book, believe it or not. Don't let the title throw you. "Rules by Which a Great Empire May Be Reduced" is cutting satire from right before the American revolution. It ran in papers of the time and made an impact. "The Speech of Miss Polly Baker," about a woman having children out of wedlock, was reported as fact throughout the colonies until Franklin admitted the joke.
And finally, for those looking for good fart humor, there's "The Dream" from which the book takes its title. Read and giggle 'till you cough.
Something the book does not mention is that many of these pieces were originally published anonymously, as was the custom in the 18th century. You would not have seen "'Fart Proudly' by Benjamin Franklin" in the press. Instead there would have been no name on the piece or a false one. Franklin assumed numerous false names throughout his life, as did most authors of the time. Writing was more about what was being written than who was writing it. This has changed drastically in the intervening centuries.
Hopefully this selection will whet your appetite for more Ben Franklin. He wrote an incredible amount, much of it is very funny as well as significant. He was no stodgy old professor, as this book more than proves. If you enjoy this collection, go out and get more, or read a biography. You'll find there's much more to Ben Franklin than you ever thought.
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on March 5, 2004
"Fart Proudly" is a wonderfully hilarious collection of some of Franklin's satirical works. It is a brief but highly enjoyable read. Mr. Japikse's introductions provide a handy frame for many of the articles and letters of one of America's exquisite minds.
One caveat: There is a closing piece written by Mr. Japikse entitled "The Dream" in which he injects his own political agenda into Mr. Franklin's mouth. In this piece I feel he has exceeded his calling to Fart Proudly and has soiled himself leaving us with a small pile of excrement. Be careful that it doesn't stick to your shoe.
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VINE VOICEon March 8, 2006
This book is a terrific compilation of Ben's lesser known writings. Reading this, I have to say - if I could invite any one person to dinner, past, present or future, it would be Benjamin Franklin. He's smart, funny, rebellious, irreverent, and eloquent.

Every schoolteacher in every elementary school history classroom across America - or the world - should have multiple copies of this book freely available at all times. There's a reason Ben was a hero in other countries besides the states.

That said, the preface sucked. Using Ben to push your own politics? Get over it. I agree, but I dislike being told what to think.

So - definitely buy the book, definitely skip the preface, definitely laugh your musical behind off.
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on September 25, 2007
I have to say that I rather enjoyed reading Franklin's lesser known works/letters. At one point I was even chuckling out loud.

However the book was ruined at the end by the editor's own political agenda. He assumes to many things and discredits his own opinion about the freedom of speech (if it is true that no one is allowed to speak their mind or are afraid - how is it that you got published).

My recommendation is to rip out that section of the book and enjoy what a gifted writer and thinker has to say - Ben Franklin
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on September 27, 1999
Fart Proudly is a collection of Ben Franklin's lesser known but most interesting writings. They cover a variety of subjects but all exhibit Franklin's questioning nature and many show a sense of humor I never guessed present in Ben. The book's title is derived from a letter he wrote to the scholars at the Royal Collages in England, whom he considered petty and constipated. Highly recommended.
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Bland history makes great men look great. Bad history makes great men look bad. This makes a great man look great being a 'bad boy' - a tasty bit of irony and accuracy.

Franklin was one of the first printers in the US - he was a material supporter of freedom of the press, and a severe critic of irresponsible press. He was a statesman and clown, when clowning made his point the best way. He was a politician, scientist, and bawd - how else to take in so much of the human condition?

This collection captures some of the contradictions that comprised Benjamin Frnaklin. Maybe it takes some of the sheen off the gold star that history dumped on him, but it adds toughness and flexibility to the steel that he showed as diplomat. Satire is a voice, and this short book shows a few octaves of his.

I have to admit that poor teachers put me quite off American history. Books like this get me reading history again. It shows Franklin the patriot and firebrand defending the mothers without husbands and deflating the learned academies of Europe. This is short but sweet, and even his choices of words show me a lot about how modern English is used.

//wiredweird
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VINE VOICEon September 27, 2003
One hardly thinks of our "founding fathers" as people with a sense of humor, let alone as individuals who could be downright bawdy and naughty. _Fart Proudly_ demonstrates this side of Benjamin Franklin in a collection of his lesser known writings including his "Letter to the Royal Academy" (from which the book gets its title). It is a humourous read, if for no other reason than to revel in the wit (and witicisms) of one of the revolutionary generation's great minds.
While several articles are funny ("How to Choose a Mistress" is also a favorite), many miss the mark - humor has changed a bit over the last 200 - odd years. Nonetheless, I recommed the book for no other reason than to give our founding fathers a more "human" face.
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on August 17, 2002
This is a good book to go along with all the policitcally correct studies of Mr. Franklin in our public schools. This is the more controversial side, the cantankerous side, the mischievous side of our great American patriot.
Mr. Franklin's writings on choosing a mistress are both funny and eye opening. His letter to those holding a scientific competition asking that they find a way to improve the smell of 'human wind' is absolutely hilarious. His perceptions on what happens when you try to please everyone are very insightful but seldom taught.
Mr. Franklin's article that tears down the actions of the free press of his day are also relevant today. He was a great believer in freedom of speach but a watch dog of press.
Although this book is short, it is worth the read. We should be teaching our children the entire Ben Franklin (as we should with all historical figures) not just the politically correct view that we now teach to them. Read this book, decide for yourself.
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on December 16, 2003
I can't understand why standard Franklin anthologies don't include more of these wonderful pieces. Among many lovely things, this book includes 'The Grand Leap', Franklin's spot on satire of the news media, and a political fable which would have been the definitive analysis of US Middle Mid East foreign policy if someone had been smart enough to write it today. These writings are as wise as they are funny, and they are very funny. Great read!
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on April 22, 2014
I saw this book in a Philadelphia tourist bookshop and because it was inconvenient to return there, I ordered it on Amazon. I wish I had read the Amazon reviews more carefully before I ordered it.

The book is a decent if uneven collection of Ben Franklin's humorous writings, although based on what I've read here and elsewhere, almost everything Ben wrote was either outright funny or intelligently sarcastic. Ben wrote brilliantly on many subjects and mostly kept his political pieces readable and not polemics.

I wish I could say the same for the editor of this small book. The editor keeps mostly to himself, with only small and helpful introductions to some pieces, until the end of the book. Then strangely, he slips himself into Benjamin Franklin's voice to write a scathing anti-government rant that would put Rush Limbaugh to shame. He attacks the IRS, the jury system, the public school system, federal safety and environmental regulations with a vengeance, all giving his opinion that Ben Franklin would be horrified by virtually every aspect of today's society.

Finally, it is revealed that Ben Franklin never penned the humorous title of the book, but that it is the summary of the editor's political opinion. Franklin did write a piece that referred to flatulence, but in a much more talented way than that of this book's editor.

If you must buy this book, rip out the afterward before it becomes associated with your good memories of Franklin. Better yet, avoid this book and buy one of several other anthologies, including the excellent one by Americana Editions or the one edited by Steve Martin and Dave Barry.
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