Ben & Me: From Temperance to Humility--Stumbling Through Ben Franklin's Thirteen Virtues,O ne Unvirtuous Day at a Time

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Penguin, Sep 7, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 272 pages
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Thirteen weeks. Thirteen virtues.

Cameron Gunn considered himself a regular guy-a pretty good husband, father, attorney, and friend.

But was there room for improvement?

A reader of history and a fan of Ben Franklin (and weary of self-help advice that never seems to offer much help), Gunn decided to try a little experiment. He would attempt to live by Franklin's thirteen virtues, a list of lofty ideals the Founding Father held dear, as enumerated in his famous autobiography.

Would Gunn's plan to improve his life, Citizen Ben-style, prove to be a brilliant reinvention of the self-help movement or a boondoggle of revolutionary proportions?

By turns heartfelt, hilarious, and more than a little humbling, Gunn's adventure takes this ordinary man way outside his comfort zone and into a thicket of not-so-modern values. The result is an engaging mix of humor and history-with perhaps a lightning bolt of inspiration or two along the way.

Prepare to get up close and personal with everyone's favorite Founding Father.

Temperance * Silence * Order * Resolution * Frugality * Industry * Sincerity * Justice * Moderation * Cleanliness * Tranquility * Chastity * Humility

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Ben & Me: From Temperance to Humility—Stumbling Through Ben Franklin's Thirteen Virtues, One Unvirtuous Day at a Time

User Review  - Deborah Bigelow - Book Verdict

What started out with a promising idea—a journal of attempting to practice the virtues of Benjamin Franklin—gets mired in tiresome personal accounts and anecdotes. Self-proclaimed "ordinary guy ... Read full review

BEN & ME: From Temperance to Humility--Stumbling Through Ben Franklin's Thirteen Virtues, One Unvirtuous Day at a Time

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

One man's futile quest to live up to Benjamin Franklin's famous virtues.Because readers already know that Franklin could never live up to the 13 virtues he advocated, it's no surprise that Gunn was ... Read full review


Franklins Course
The Good the Bad and the Ugly
The Journey Begins
The Struggle Begins Anew
The Early Years
Four LessThanTemperate Days Later
Let There Be Gossip
Gossip and the Modern Lawyer
A Day of Rest
Karma Takes a Hand
Making the How Do I Look in This Dress? Question Seem Simple
Discovering My Justice Mantra
I Fought Irony and Irony Won
Old Knees but Young Hearts
Modest Diffidence Whatever That Is
Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night

Of Peter Lorre and Learning to Sit Down and Shut Up
Karma and Talking to Computers
The Sound of Silence
The Beginning and End of Silence
Let There Be Order
It Was the Best of Times It Was the Worst of Times
A Little Satisfaction
A Detour on the Road to Perfection
Its a Small World
Undone by Email
No Well Maybe
A Tale of Castration and Second Chances
Lessons in Resolution and Humility
A Day of Tea Bags
If Tea Bags Dont Work Try Eggs
Frugality Versus Loyalty
Be Wary of Franklin Followers Bearing Gifts
One Is the Loneliest Number
A Bad Week for Industry
Big Haze
The Industry of Rest
A Moderate Failure
Next to Godliness
A Little Air out of the Balloon
And the Air Just Keeps Leaking
A Little Cleanliness for the Soul
An Obsession with Tranquillity
Anger Management for the Masses
The Harrison Gunn Method of Tranquillity
Dont Mess with Yanni
Operator Can You Help Me Place This Call?
Red Red Wine Goes to My Head
Youve Got Mail
You Aint Seen Nothing Yet
The Four Stages of Learning and a Little Humble Pie
Great Teachers Bad Students
An Apple for the Teacher
4 Resolution
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