The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
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From his family origins and youth to his professional and intellectual life as a printer, publisher, diplomat, and brilliant inventor, Benjamin Franklin's Autobiography is an astounding work that challenges our assumptions about the limits to a single person's potential. Valuable as a record of early American colonial life, this work is a fascinating and eye-opening glimpse into the mind of a man who helped shape our nation's identity.
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Boston-born Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) is one of the key figures in the birth of the United States. Apprenticed as a printer while still quite young, Franklin found considerable success in the publishing world. Franklin's mind was always hungry throughout his life and in addition to his career in publishing, he held many other important roles. Indeed, at various times he worked as a pioneering inventor and scientific researcher, a trusted and admired diplomat to France, and a dedicated participant in key political entities during the nation's formative years. Many of Franklin's life experiences and philosophical ideas can be found in his remarkable Autobiography. Aside from this key work, his Poor Richard's Almanack is full of Franklin's trademark wit and wisdom.Back to top
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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN was born in Milk Street, Boston, on January 6, 1706. His father, Josiah Franklin, was a tallow chandler who married twice, and of his seventeen children Benjamin was the youngest son. His schooling ended at ten, and at twelve he was bound apprentice to his brother James, a ...Back to top
Reviewed by jakoborion on Feb 12, 2012
A first hand view on early American history
Franklin's writing is down to earth and charming. Gives a unique perspective of the colonies, and the life of a very remarkable man. Leaves you yearning for more.
Reviewed by rameshnaidu on Feb 27, 2011
An American Renessaince man
Franklin has a very appealing way of writing and he promotes simple methods of bettering oneself. It makes truly fascinating reading
Reviewed by eileen1971 on Sep 8, 2010
Amazing Man - accomplished so much!
Reviewed by misterm on Feb 13, 2009
I am glad I read this book
Interesting character. Good history lesson.
Reviewed by legalbs2 on Jun 16, 2009
Full of fun facts.
I really enjoyed this account of Ben Franklin; however, the book does not go far enough. It does wet your appetite to learn more about old Ben though.
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