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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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12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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 July 6, 2010

    A straightforward account of a life by the man himself.

    Benjamin Franklin is one of the more inspiring individuals in the history of the US. Reading through this autobiography, it becomes apparent that he was a true "self-made" man. He gives account of his achievements as well as his shortcomings and provides insight regarding how he grew (or failed to grow) from each.

    This is not a volume of hardcore history. At most, it will provide some context to Franklin's actions leading up to and during the American Revolution by revealing where he came from.

    Personally, I found this book a motivator for personal growth and responsibility. Franklin led his life taking full responsibility for his actions - successes and failures alike. In my opinion, his example and way of living is a lesson the we as a people would do well to relearn.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

    difficult to read

    I like the story, but it is difficult to read with the way it is printed. I'm going to be purchasing a different version that is more readable

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