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The Compleated Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (1757-1790) [NOOK Book]

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Benjamin Franklin’s celebrated Autobiography, published after his death, is one of the greatest autobiographies of all time…but it was incomplete. Franklin ended his life’s story in 1757, when he was only fifty–one. He planned to write more—a lot more, but never did. He lived another thirty–three full, eventful, and dramatic years, some of the most dramatic years in American history, years in which Franklin was America’s advocate in London, represented Pennsylvania in the Continental Congress, and was America’s ...
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The Compleated Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (1757-1790)

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Benjamin Franklin’s celebrated Autobiography, published after his death, is one of the greatest autobiographies of all time…but it was incomplete. Franklin ended his life’s story in 1757, when he was only fifty–one. He planned to write more—a lot more, but never did. He lived another thirty–three full, eventful, and dramatic years, some of the most dramatic years in American history, years in which Franklin was America’s advocate in London, represented Pennsylvania in the Continental Congress, and was America’s wartime ambassador to France. During these years Franklin also helped write our nation’s Constitution and planned an American Empire that would displace the British Empire.

Franklin is one of the most fascinating of the Founding Fathers—a polymath like Jefferson, a practical statesman like Washington, and a cynic and wit beyond parallel. Now, at last, in The Completed Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin, we finally get the rest of the story, in Franklin’s own words.

Faithfully compiled and edited from Franklin’s papers by Dr. Mark Skousen—Franklin’s descendant, acting as his devoted secretary—this is the closest we will ever get to Franklin sitting down in his study in Philadelphia, dipping quill into ink, and finishing his autobiography.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596985759
  • Publisher: Regnery Publishing, Inc., An Eagle Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 7/1/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 951,758
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Benjamin Franklin is Mark Skousen’s eighth–generation grandfather, through Franklin’s grandson Louis Bache. He has had a lifelong interest in the “grandfather” of our nation. Dr. Skousen’s career has sometimes followed that of his illustrious ancestor, as a publisher, author, financial advisor, teacher, father, public servant, and world traveler. He is also the author of The Wit and Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin.
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A sample of the humor, wisdom, and patriotism of Benjamin Franklin

On God intervening in the American Revolution: “If it had not been for the justice of our cause, and the consequent interposition of Providence in which we had faith, we must have been ruined.”

On freedom in America: “Only a virtuous people are capable of freedom. As nations become corrupt and vicious, they have more need of masters. America is too enlightened to be enslaved.”
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