The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

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Library Reprints, Incorporated, 1896 - 314 pages
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Charming self-portrait covers boyhood, work as a printer, political career, scientific experiments, much more. Its openness, honesty, and readable style have made the "Autobiography" one of the great classics of the genre.

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I gave this 5 stars because it's a piece of history that everyone should take the time to read, if even just a little of it. The writing is clear and conversational; one can easily imagine sitting by ... Read full review

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I'm really glad I happened upon this and decided to try it on a whim. While I don't think B Franklin was a perfect fellow (far from it), he seemed to have a truly remarkable mind and I loved getting ... Read full review

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About the author (1896)

One of 17 children, Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston on January 17, 1706. He ended his formal education at the age of 10 and began working as an apprentice at a newspaper. Running away to Philadelphia at 17, he worked for a printer, later opening his own print shop. Franklin was a man of many talents and interests. As a writer, he published a colonial newspaper and the well-known Poor Richard's Almanack, which contains his famous maxims. He authored many political and economic works, such as The Way To Wealth and Journal of the Negotiations for Peace. He is responsible for many inventions, including the Franklin stove and bifocal eyeglasses. He conducted scientific experiments, proving in one of his most famous ones that lightning and electricity were the same. As a politically active citizen, he helped draft the Declaration of Independence and lobbied for the adoption of the U.S. Constitution. He also served as ambassador to France. He died in April of 1790 at the age of 84.

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