Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

by Benjamin Franklin

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Franklin told the story of his life, as he himself says, for the benefit of his posterity. He wanted to help them by the relation of his own rise from obscurity and poverty to eminence and wealth. He is not unmindful of the importance of his public services and their recognition, yet his accounts of these achievements are given only as a part of the story, and the vanity displayed is incidental and in keeping with the honesty of the recital. There is nothing of the impossible in the method and practice of Franklin as he sets them forth. The youth who reads the fascinating story is astonished to find that Franklin in his early years struggled with the same everyday passions and difficulties that he himself experiences, and he loses the sense of discouragement that comes from a realization of his own shortcomings and inability to attain.

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BN ID: 2940011874154
Publisher: Halcyon Press Ltd.
Publication date: 12/03/2010
Series: Halcyon Classics , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 663,278
File size: 494 KB

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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin ( 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 153 reviews.
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.
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Looks good so far
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.
buildingabookshelf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just about every leader in the self-improvement genre advises that you should read Ben Franklin¿s autobiography. So, it has been on my list for a long time. I¿ve tried to check it out many times, but it was never on the shelves at my local library. So, I finally put a hold on it, and here we are. The book takes the form of a letter to his son, so one of the most notable things about it is that it is not really a book, in the sense that it has no chapters. It is a very long letter spelling out what, you assume, Franklin felt it was important to tell us about his public life. I, for one, found it to be very enlightening. First of all, I learned a lot about Franklin. I¿m sure I learned some of this stuff in elementary school, but I¿ve since forgotten it. He is responsible for much more history than just the kite flying and the socializing in France. As a matter of fact, it is hard to believe that one person could contribute so much, in so many different aspects of life, to society. I walked away with the sense that Franklin never slept and never had a sick day in his life. He couldn¿t have in order to do everything he did. I also learned a lot about society in the 1700s from this book. Because Franklin is writing about things that happened to him, you can easily get a sense of the way business, politics, and life was conducted during his time. This was a period in our culture where arguments were made through the use of a pamphlet. If you wanted to make a point about something, you wrote and distributed a pamphlet. Others would read and either agree or disagree with you. Many times, if they disagreed, they would do so through their own pamphlet. I believe that this pamphlet culture was imperative to the building of our culture, because the author of a pamphlet would think through their position, layout their arguments, providing supporting evidence or testimonials, and ensure that they had made their case before publishing. They put their reputation on the line when they published a pamphlet, knowing that if they published something that later turned out to be untrue, they would lose face. In our current environment of sound-bites and tweets, I must say that I¿m a little nostalgic for a pamphlet culture. Finally, maybe because I spend my free time on issues of literacy and education, I learned from this book that Franklin was a self-taught, life-long learner. Part of the reason that he accomplished as much as he accomplished is because of his shear curiosity. He wasn¿t a scientist, but that didn¿t stop him from conducting science experiments and publishing his findings. He didn¿t do this for any other reason that he was curious to know why things work the way they do. He didn¿t say to himself, `I wonder how come it is faster to sail from America to Europe than it is to sail from Europe to America, but I¿m not a scientist, so I guess I¿ll never know.¿ He did some experiments and found the Gulf Stream. He didn¿t leave it to someone else, he didn¿t ask for permission, and he didn¿t let the fact that he was a printer, not a scientist keep him from doing it. He had an insatiable need to learn and discover new things. That may be the best lesson we can take from Franklin¿s life.
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The atyle and content would be most enjoyable if the quality of the scan were readable
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The OCR software used for this book, makes it impossible to read. THey must not have used a spell checker on it. Don't waste time ordering.
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