Publish: Published January 6th 2004 by Touchstone (first published 1791)
ISBN: ISBN 0743255062 (ISBN13: 9780743255066)
“The first book to belong permanently to literature. It created a man.”
— From the Introduction
Few men could compare to Benjamin Franklin. Virtually self-taught, he excelled as an athlete, a man of letters, a printer, a scientist, a wit, an inventor, an editor, and a writer, and he was probably the most successful diplomat in American history. David Hume hailed him as the first great philosopher and great man of letters in the New World.
Written initially to guide his son, Franklin’s autobiography is a lively, spellbinding account of his unique and eventful life. Stylistically his best work, it has become a classic in world literature, one to inspire and delight readers everywhere.
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This book is so very different from a modern autobiography, with its hyper-awareness of the audience, inflated sense of importance, and fact checkers putting in precise names and dates for every moment of the life. Franklin writes what he remembers, sometimes having to skip bits because certain documents are not immediately available to him, and at one point chunking in a previously written document to cover the time period.
I read the second edition of the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Although out of every edition there is, Benjamin Franklin wrote his autobiography. It is a very good book, obviously you have to appreciate his life and story, but he was a good man and a great writer. It is written in a very weird literature, possibly English lit. Almost on every page I had to use the dictionary on a word, or see what a quote meant.
This was one of the those books I put on my ‘to-read’ list just because it seemed I ought to read it. I didn’t expect to enjoy it as much as I did. Once I got into the flow of the style, it was engaging and fun to read. It is well written – especially when you consider it wasn’t ever finished or edited by the author. It is a work in progress.I was also amazed at everything Benjamin Franklin accomplished. His military accomplishments, experiments, and public projects were amazing.
This book was really interesting and I learned alot of little facts about Ben Franklin I wouldn’t otherwise know.It was fascinating to hear about life as it was lived back then and his interpretation of life as he saw it. He delved a bit into his religious and moral beliefs, and painted a picture of how different his beliefs were back then.
The book doesn’t cover many of his many inventions but does a good job portraying his importance in the many places he settled in.
What an amazing man! This is an easy, remarkable read, and Benjamin Franklin comes across as if he is a contemporary. So much for the feeling I’ve always had that it would be hard to identify with people from so long ago. He would be right at home in our world, and I’m sure he would do more remarkable things.Just a taste: he started the first hospital for poor people in Philadelphia, the first fire department, the first police department, the first library, the first road paving, invented the Franklin stove, made discoveries about electricity, built forts, commanded part of an army, participated in the Constitutional Congress, was elected to the legislature, was a diplomat to France, represented the colonies to England, and on and on and on.
And he started out as a candle maker, became an apprentice typesetter, and educated himself since his family couldn’t afford to put him through school. And he did much of the above while in his 20s and early 30s!