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Benjamin Franklin: Autobiography, Poor Richard, and Later Writings (Library of America) Hardcover – October 6, 2005
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Benjamin Franklin is one of the great icons of the American Founding. He is truly one of the essential men who built our nation and deserves every praise we can heap on him. When we see images of the founders, they are all shown as old men, not how old they were in 1776. Franklin was really a generation older than most of the firebrands who led the Revolution. He was seventy when he signed the Declaration of Independence (John Adams was 41, George Washington 44, and Thomas Jefferson 33 on July 4, 1776) and eighty-one when he signed our Constitution as a member of the delegation from Pennsylvania. He was an amazing man. He was a successful printer, inventor, philanthropist, revolutionary, diplomat, and all around student of the world.
This book is interesting to dip into and read just those portions that interest you, as well as reading its more than 800 pages front to back. It has great notes on the text that provide contextual and translation help as well as sources, a most interesting chronology of Franklin's long and productive life, and an index.
This certainly is a must have for your shelf on the history of America's Founding.
Some of these are political:
p. 110: The wisest councils are liable to be misled, especially in matters remote from their inspection.
p. 553: Laws like Cobwebs catch small flies, great ones break through before your eyes.
p. 510: Pardoning the bad is injuring the good.
p. 537 Ignorance leads me into a party, and shame keeps them from getting out again.
p. 546: Laws too gentle are seldom obeyed; too severe, seldom executed.
Some are psychological:
p. 357: We are men, all subject to errors.Read more ›
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For anyone interested in improving themselves, this is important book to add to your collection. Besides the point that you get to learn about Benjamin Franklin straight from the... Read morePublished on March 27, 2013 by John McFarland
This book was a gift to my 95 year young Aunt who is a history fan. She has only had it for 3 days, so the reviews aren't in yet.Published on February 4, 2013 by More
What a guy! I truly enjoyed this collection of writings by Benjamin Franklin, written with wisdom, humor and keen insite on the nature of man.Published on October 26, 2011 by weezie