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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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Insights from America's original innovator

Benjamin Franklin, one of history┬┐s most remarkable human beings, was born in Boston in 1706. Largely self-taught, he became a respected scientist whose experiments on electricity received international acclaim. He invented the lightning rod, the Franklin stove, bifocal...
Benjamin Franklin, one of history┬┐s most remarkable human beings, was born in Boston in 1706. Largely self-taught, he became a respected scientist whose experiments on electricity received international acclaim. He invented the lightning rod, the Franklin stove, bifocals, the glass harmonica, an odometer and more. He was a self-made man who became wealthy as one of America's first commercial printers. He was a respected civic activist, a leading author, a politician and a political theorist. Many of the wise maxims expressed in his immortal Poor Richard's Almanack remain relevant and routinely quoted. Franklin is considered one of America's most accomplished diplomats. He served as minister to France during the Revolutionary War. In that post, he engineered a vital political alliance with the French, winning crucial military and financial aid. We think that anyone who loves history will find this spellbinding autobiography a rare delight. Franklin was on intimate terms with many of the most famous individuals in prerevolutionary America. Indeed, he seemed to have personal dealings with virtually everyone of merit in the New World. His autobiography, written in the best of the archaic language of the time, is a literary classic. Don't deprive yourself of this singular opportunity to learn what the American colonies were like during the prerevolutionary era, as reported by the extraordinary genius who first conceptualized the idea of the United States as an independent nation.

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Sometimes Cheap Is Not Better

Dover is fabulous for sharing inexpensive editions of classics and I applaud them for it. However, this edition cannot hold a candle to the Labaree et al (Yale University Press) edition. If you want a version actually drawn from Franklin's handwritten copy and well exp...
Dover is fabulous for sharing inexpensive editions of classics and I applaud them for it. However, this edition cannot hold a candle to the Labaree et al (Yale University Press) edition. If you want a version actually drawn from Franklin's handwritten copy and well explained, Labaree's is the best. Top notch.

posted by Anonymous on December 31, 2000

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    Posted January 23, 2014

    Have not read yet

    I did not read this book yet

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    Left out a few pages at the end

    I was browsing through the book and it struck me that the ending wasn't quite right. It ended with saying that they arrived in London. I compared it to my hardback copy and noticed that in my hardback that Franklin wrote another 6 pages about what happened after that. I'm hoping I can get my money back.

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  • Posted October 21, 2008

    insightful!

    The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin was very hard to comprehend.<BR/>The time period in which it was written is how the style of writing is.<BR/>Franklin goes on talking about his life but he states that he is rewriting his life to better himself. He takes out the mistakes he has done in his life, and only mentions a few mistakes alerting you to pay attention to what he mention. If you are interested in history and Franklin¿s personality then read this book. I personally didn¿t really enjoy it but it was informative.

    1 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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