The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Open Road) and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more
CDN$ 28.93
Only 1 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.ca.
Gift-wrap available.
Quantity:1
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Autobiography of Ben Franklin Hardcover – May 1 2010


See all 198 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Kindle Edition
"Please retry"
Hardcover, May 1 2010
CDN$ 28.93
CDN$ 18.19 CDN$ 22.49
Unknown Binding
"Please retry"

2014 Books Gift Guide
Yes Please is featured in our 2014 Books Gift Guide. More gift ideas

Special Offers and Product Promotions

  • Join Amazon Student in Canada


Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought



Product Details

  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Greenbook Publications, LLC (May 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1617430056
  • ISBN-13: 978-1617430053
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.1 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,084,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Inside This Book (Learn More)
Browse and search another edition of this book.
Explore More
Concordance
Browse Sample Pages
Front Cover | Copyright | Excerpt | Back Cover
Search inside this book:

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most helpful customer reviews

Format: Paperback
I was surpris'd to find myself so much fuller of Faults than I had imagined . . . " says Ben Franklin, upon entering a quest for moral perfection. True and yet somewhat humorous. This book constantly "surpris'd" and amused, particularly with its pithy observations delivered in a mildly humorous good natured tone.
Included are his candid confessions of "errata" in which he tells how he propositioned his best friend's wife and was rightly rebuffed by her. When she told her husband, he refused to pay debts he owed Ben Franklin. (BF decided to forget about the money and move on, sans former friend.) He also recounts his chagrin and dishonor at spending money entrusted to him.
For me, the most interesting part was the quest for moral perfection in which he listed 13 virtues: Temperance; Silence; Order; Resolution; Frugality; Industry; Sincerity; Justice; Moderation; Cleanliness; Tranquillity; Chastity; and Humility. He worked on one of these per week, and gave himself a black mark in his book each time he became aware he committed a violation. While this sounds grim, BF's approach was so laden with humor and acceptance of human frailties, it was delightful. For example, he says regarding Pride: "For even if I could conceive that I had completely overcome it, I should probably be proud of my Humility."
There are so many good points in this writing I can only list a few:
Want of Modesty is Want of Sense: Early, BF was fond of argument and disputation, but he observed that men of good sense rarely engaged in it. He struck the words "certainly", "undoubtedly", etc., and used words such as "I should think it so" or "I imagine it so" or "If I am not mistaken".
Read more ›
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
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.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Paperback
The book starts very well with the description of Franklin's childhood. You get to know that he has a special character and that he will have success in the future. There are some nice anecdotes about the life in the 18th century as well. But as the book continous to outline the life of Franklin there are more and more descpriptions of military decisions made by him. The book looses the soul of an autobiogrphy (no more info on how he felt, on what was on his mind during that time). It even seems to be put together in a hurry (which is believable, due to the fact that Franklin had a very busy life).
However, it is still worth reading because of Franklin's positive attitude towards life which everyone should be able to copy.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
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.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.
Format: Library Binding
This book changed my life. I read it while in college and it changed my slacker attitude to that of a scholar. Franklin was a great man in his time. The reviewer "barnesgene@aol.com from Fairfax County, Virginia" is very wrong and a bit snobbish. He does not pretend to be the greatest writer, but Franklin utters the importance of self-knowledge and learning. From a boy to an adult his life story is a grand representation of the scholar in all of us.
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again.

Look for similar items by category


Feedback