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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin [Original Version] (Formatted & Optimized for Nook)

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin [Original Version] (Formatted & Optimized for Nook)

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by Benjamin Franklin

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Printer, author, philanthropist, abolitionist, scientist, librarian, diplomat, inventor, philosopher, self-aggrandizer, and social wag, Benjamin Franklin is one of the most fascinating characters in all of American history - a quality that was not lost on the man himself, as his autobiography makes plain.

Avoiding the strife of the American Revolution


Printer, author, philanthropist, abolitionist, scientist, librarian, diplomat, inventor, philosopher, self-aggrandizer, and social wag, Benjamin Franklin is one of the most fascinating characters in all of American history - a quality that was not lost on the man himself, as his autobiography makes plain.

Avoiding the strife of the American Revolution entirely, Franklin focuses his incisive wit on the culture and society of colonial Philadelphia, weaving a mostly true mythology of humble origins and hard work that created the concepts of "The American Dream" and "the self-made man."

Originally published in French in 1791, and translated into English and published in London in 1793, this is considered the great autobiography of life in colonial America.

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Illustrated + Active TOC) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 204 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
dubsbox More than 1 year ago
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.
Logethos More than 1 year ago
Albeit Benjamin Franklin is a staple in American history, I'd never read more about him than what those few, short paragraphs school texts provide. It's a hard read for the laymen; the writing style is something of a "chew-through," if you catch my meaning (though I personally enjoyed the difficulty). I recommened this book to anybody questioning the value of hard work, ingenuity, vigor, stamina, and resilience. Benjamin Franklin is THE representation of our heritage, the figure to whom a great many turn when inquiring into our country's origin. Who better to illustrate it, then, than the man himself?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this is a very good book has a lot of information on him from a child to an adult. He was Extremely deticated to almost everything he did, which you dont see much anymore. He worked very hard and this book showed this. It's hard to believe he retired at 45... wow. This book tought me a lot about him, before reading it i really only knew he made electricity. I didnt know that he did all kinds of other things and also did not know of the process that he took to find it. If you ask me we have Dr. Spencer to thank as much as we do Benjamin Franklin.
Aduenas More than 1 year ago
The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin effectively allows the reader to follow the journey of Franklin and offers us a better perspective on just how impressive this man was. The autobiography itself is broken into the three distinct sections and as expected break up the different parts of Franklin’s life. The first section establishes the major theme of the book- self betterment. It additionally gives background information on the family ancestry of Franklin and his own family during his youth. It also tracks the earlier life of Franklin, in particular his work with printers and full of criticism for his boss at the time. It begins the development of Franklin as a great writer and one who produces his work. Perhaps one of the most fascinating parts of the book was part three as he discusses and goes into detail his life as a scientist and the inventions he created in his life. The biography is truly demonstrative of Franklin’s humor and philosophical beliefs that matured throughout his life. His writings take on an aspect of appreciating the better sides of humanity. While the language he uses may be a bit confusing, or at least seem a bit daunting, Franklin is still able to communicate his effective messages throughout the work. What was particularly refreshing was the absence of detail on the revolution, it allowed us to establish a better connection with his personality and ultimately feel closer to him.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has much to say in dealing with different people. It is benjamin franklin telling his story and he tells what he has learned in his lifetime what he would recommend for a young man to do just starting out in life, to business, adventures on the sea and providing for a family. It is simply amazing and inspiring. I give this a high recommendation. You must read this book to help you get an idea for a sucessful life, or just finding a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book gives a glimpse of life before and during the revolution. The focus obviously on Ben Franklin's life, which sadly is portrayed incorrectly these days, this book shows us the strong character of an extraordinary Early American. His virtues and thirst for knowledge should be an example to the world.
SusanGH301 More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing account of Benjamin Franklin in his own words. He was an absolutely amazing man. He accomplished so much in his life and he gave us so much that he is one of the greatest of our Founding Fathers. He was so far ahead of his time and incredibly intelligent for his time. This should be required reading in our schools.
LynnLD More than 1 year ago
This book about this unusual man allowed me to tweet out many quotes as I read about his outstanding life.  Ben Franklin was born in Boston as the youngest of eleven children and born in his father’s second set of children.  He was a voracious reader who put books before meals on occasion.  He became a printer with his brother James, but they fell out after his brother found out about some of his private publications and distributions.  Ben went on to New York and then to Philadelphia, where he would end up doing most of his life’s work. He set up a free library, a fire station with trucks; a learning academy for the poor; built a hospital; paved the streets; created street lights and remained a printer.  He was also known for writing the witty sayings of Poor Richard and Silence Dogood.  After retirement, he engaged in many electrical experiments and of course was involved in the writing of the US Constitution.  Ben Franklin worked tirelessly and often traveled to England to stay abreast of laws and ways to help to propel the colonies forward.  One of his last feats was his assistance in the abolition of slavery. This book helped me to reawaken many of my childhood teachings about work, morals and overall good behavior.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking for some insight into such an astounding founding father of the United States, I decided to pick this up as my first ever Autobiography. The reading was fine and everything was neatly done in this edition. It sounds authentic and from my little knowledge, it doesn't appear as though very much, if anything at al,l has been omitted except for the end part of the book. It stops very abruptly and so I decided to research this. And, in fact, Franklin did have more to write about, why this edition omits a good 2-3 more pages (by my assumption) worth of information is unknown to me. Other than that, the book was good and I recommend it for those who have a few questions regarding such an interesting man. Although he does not discuss the latter part of his life, including arguably the most important era, the Revolutionary War.
061964 More than 1 year ago
Reading this autobiography made be wonder about the lives of my ancestors who where living in some of the same areas of the country as Benjamin Franklin. I couldn't stop reading until I finished the entire book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading Ben Franklin's first hand account of his life. I knew he was innovative. Found out he was a very forward thinker for his time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the few books I've reread. I love this book.
modernsophist More than 1 year ago
the life of one of the most influential men in american history that demonstrates his humble beginnings to the most successful printer in Philadelphia. One follows in the footsteps in the life of Benjamin Franklin and, with his eloquence, can picture his life unfold as one reads on. An essential in any persons personal collection that may change how one can live their life.
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