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May 1 2010 1617430056 978-1617430053
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is considered one of the most famous and popular works in American literature. It has been said to be the first American book to be taken seriously by Europeans as a literary work. The work is a delightful self-portrait that has been translated into most every language. The work covers Franklin's life up to his prewar stay in London as representative of the Pennsylvania Assembly, including his childhood years, occupation as a printer, experiments with electricity, political career, as well as an accumulation of many more subjects. Franklin's account of his life is separated into four parts, reflecting upon the various periods during which he wrote them.

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"The best and most beautiful edition [of the Autobiography]." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Benjamin Franklin was one of the most important and influential Founding Fathers of the United States. He was a leading author, political theorist, politician, printer, scientist, inventor, civic activist, and diplomat.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Replacement for another edition I gave a friend. May 26 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Small print is harder to read than the original copy I had but the cover presumably an authentic reproductioin in colour of the author's featrures, and it add to its charm..
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4.0 out of 5 stars A man's -man of History Dec 20 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
He had an amazing Grasp of knowledge that mattered for his time of life. His idea of Men's get-to-gethers to talk about certain subjects and possibly some books of his time were a great benefit for society of the time. Which did help in the publishing of his paper and other avenues which presented themselves in the future.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You won't find the revolutionary Franklin here. Aug. 16 2002
Format:Audio Cassette
This is a autobiography of his early years. He actually finished the second half of it thirty years later when he claims he has enough time & before he became too old. The two halves have been edited seamlessly. In this we see just hints of what England's future relations with the colonies will be. Franklin has considerable business relations with the British military & makes his fortune in business by the time he is fifty. He is just getting his feet damp in politics being one of the framers of the Albany Plan of Union in 1754. There is much in this of the Franklin we do not know. It is informal & personal. With all its facinating anedotes it would have been lost to the world if he hadn't been urged to write it. America first true international super star, but by the end of this book, not yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must read!!! April 22 2002
Format:Paperback
I have read this book several times, and I consider it a must read. His outlook/approach on life was simply amazing and I was particularly impressed with his creation of the "Junto" and his code to live by. The audio version is also very good! Move from this to "The First American"... also enjoyable!
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5.0 out of 5 stars X-Ray Vision into Franklin's Life and Mind Feb. 6 2002
Format:Paperback
The greatest resource into understanding Benjamin Franklin, and perhaps one of the best sources for understanding the times of the Revolutionary period and the years preceding it. Due to Franklin's unique position in society in his time, we see the world of science, politics, and revolution from one of the key players in each of those areas.
His honest approach to his life can be somewhat unsettling, smashing our often idealistic ideas of this great American hero. But his honesty will be appreciated, as it colors the scene of his world and his contemporaries in hues that are unmatched by modern scholarly investigation.
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