The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

by Benjamin Franklin
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705[1]] – April 17, 1790) was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. A noted polymath, Franklin was a leading author and printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, satirist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat. As a scientist, he was a major figure in the American Enlightenment and the history of physics for his discoveries and theories regarding electricity. He invented the lightning rod, bifocals, the Franklin stove, a carriage odometer, and the glass 'armonica'. He formed both the first public lending library in America and the first fire department in Pennsylvania.

Franklin earned the title of "The First American" for his early and indefatigable campaigning for colonial unity; as an author and spokesman in London for several colonies, then as the first United States Ambassador to France, he exemplified the emerging American nation.[2] Franklin was foundational in defining the American ethos as a marriage of the practical and democratic values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the Enlightenment. In the words of historian Henry Steele Commager, "In a Franklin could be merged the virtues of Puritanism without its defects, the illumination of the Enlightenment without its heat."[3] To Walter Isaacson, this makes Franklin "the most accomplished American of his age and the most influential in inventing the type of society America would become."[4]

Franklin, always proud of his working class roots, became a successful newspaper editor and printer in Philadelphia, the leading city in the colonies. He was also partners with William Goddard and Joseph Galloway the three of whom published the Pennsylvania Chronicle, a newspaper that was known for its revolutionary sentiments and criticisms of the British monarchy in the American colonies.[5] He became wealthy publishing Poor Richard's Almanack and The Pennsylvania Gazette. Franklin gained international renown as a scientist for his famous experiments in electricity and for his many inventions, especially the lightning rod. He played a major role in establishing the University of Pennsylvania and was elected the first president of the American Philosophical Society. Franklin became a national hero in America when he spearheaded the effort to have Parliament repeal the unpopular Stamp Act. An accomplished diplomat, he was widely admired among the French as American minister to Paris and was a major figure in the development of positive Franco-American relations. For many years he was the British postmaster for the colonies, which enabled him to set up the first national communications network. He was active in community affairs, colonial and state politics, as well as national and international affairs. From 1785 to 1788, he served as governor of Pennsylvania. Toward the end of his life, he freed his slaves and became one of the most prominent abolitionists.

His colorful life and legacy of scientific and political achievement, and status as one of America's most influential Founding Fathers, have seen Franklin honored on coinage and money; warships; the names of many towns, counties, educational institutions, namesakes, and companies; and more than two centuries after his death, countless cultural references.
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BN ID: 2940012909954
Publication date: 06/24/2011
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Pages: 118
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I wholeheartedly recommend this version above all others. In November 1786, Franklin sent copies of his autobiography to friends in England and France. Through the centuries since, many editions have been appeared based on translations and interpretations of those copies, but this is the only one that is drawn 'with scrupulous care from the original manuscript in Franklin's handwriting.' The editors of THE PAPERS OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN (seven volumes) prepared this edition of the autobiography, as well as the insightful introduction, notes, and index. This is the first edition to have a full index. I found the chapter notes citing events, identifying individuals, and explaining Franklin's references to be extremely helpful and of great interest. Also, the notes are conveniently located at the bottom of each page - a very nice feature. A thorough chronology of Ben's life, brief biographies of 187 people to whom he refers, letters, notes by Franklin and the editors, and the complete index all enrich this superb edition. If you want to read Benjamin Franklin's actual sentiments, this is the version who seek. If you want an edition fleshed out and enriched by professionals who have expertise, understanding, and knowledge of Franklin's life, this is the very version you seek. It is my hope that you will enjoy this edition of the AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN as much as I did. Even if you, as I had, have read other editions you will find reading this one a new, enlightening experience. Five stars and bravo!
Guest More than 1 year ago
In 1996, along with several friends I formed a group patterned after Franklin's junto, after learning about it in a Training Magazine article that cited Franklin's original group as an example of the best principles of modern self-directed learning. Since then, I've developed a strong interest in Franklin, and very much agree that this is the best edition of his biography, perhaps the most helpful book ever written about how to start, live, and finish a successful career as an entrepreneur and citizen. The footnotes in this edition are excellent, containing very good information about Franklin's junto, and I hope it never goes out of print. It should be on the bookshelf of every small business owner and entrepreneur.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was sorry that there wasn't more when I finished. I could easily have kept on reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many words difficult to understand, since unintelligible symbols were often included. Copy relatively poor. Hoping to find a better version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The NOOK format of this book is impossible to read. The authors notes interupt Franklin's writings mid-sentance and can go on for pages. If it wasn't free I'd demand my money back.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good but his some typos in it. One of the best book on him I have read so far out of three I have read on him.
mrsbrimtown More than 1 year ago
Great book, love Ben Franklin's writing style and humor. Much easier to read than I'd imagined.
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Looks good so far
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ben at his prime talking about his youthful exuberance in a most delightfully proper manner for the times
Patricia Mims More than 1 year ago
A bit long and hard too read. As expected the english was somewhat archaic. Had to struggle through it but did enjoy his perspective on early American history.
Vicky DePalmer More than 1 year ago
I am fascinated by Franklin's character-- progressive person in colonial times-- He would be awesome in 21st century. He would probably find it amusing that his face is on the 100 dollar bill. This book entices me to want to read more history about this vulnerable time and discover more insight.
CP49 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. I have read his autobiography many years ago as an assignment. Reading it again because I wanted to made the read more enjoyable. I might even look into some of the Poor Richard's Almanac writings.
roselittle More than 1 year ago
Has given me a wonderful insight into the man not taught in any schools as well as the flavor of his time period. My disappointment is with Ben Franklin not completing his 'diary' of event through a period of history that i believe would have been fascinating reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Truly an original, Ben Franklin, through sheer will power and an honest desire to do good, transformed a young Philadelphia into a model city. Fascinating accounts of how a simple man, with humble beginnings, made his mark on American history. Great for young and old.
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Statesman wit and so much more.
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Not a quick read but pretty good.
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