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The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin (Completed Autobiography) Hardcover – November 21, 2005
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* What Franklin really thought of his fellow patriots, like Adams, Jefferson, and Washington
* Franklins dramatic one-word change in the Declaration of Independence * Franklins radical views on the Constitution, and how his compromise cleared a critical roadblock at the Convention
* Franklins candid views on sex and adultery while in France
* His personal philosophy as a radical democrat, and sometimes a social conservative
* How the American Revolution caused Franklin to shift from a free-thinking heretic to a pragmatic believer Soon to be a classic of American history, the Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin is beautifully illustrated and designedand a must-read, as we celebrate the 300th anniversary of Franklins birth. On each page, the reader will discover what it truly means to be an American, what a precious heritage has been bequeathed to us, and how great the United States has been from the beginning, all seen through the eyes of the most colorful of the Founding Fathers.
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The trick was to make it read like an actual autobiography, which Skousen has pulled off. To do this, the project must have been akin to Spielberg shooting the scenes of one of his famous movies and then putting it all together in the cutting room. You are swept up in Franklin the man, his ingenious mind, his multifarious views, his contemporaries' personalities, and his country's hopes. Franklin is telling you his story with his inimitable persona, but Skousen has orchestrated it, and superbly so.
There is a mesmerizing quality to the book that lures you in, which surely is due to the quality of Franklin's lofty character; but also due to the way that his writing has been compiled into an enthralling story.
There are some startling revelations scattered throughout. Good old Ben talks rather openly on certain subjects and certain people. I will leave the details of such revelations to the reader's perusal. But this tome is well worth the price. It is a book that you will return to repeatedly to savor Franklin's pithy observations.
The man was rife with philosophical wisdom and a myriad of inventive talents, undoubtedly one of those souls that was wise at an early age. He had a very balanced view of life and a most engaging personality that made him loved by all American patriots as well as the English and the French people.
But this lovableness of the sage Doctor did not prohibit him from taking an unyielding stand upon principle when called for.Read more ›
Franklin worked on his memoirs at different periods in his life beginning in 1771. While a Colonial Agent in England, he was staying at Bishop Jonathan Shipley's house and wrote Part I there when he was 65 years old. It covers his life from his birth in 1706 to 1730. Part II of his autobiography was written in Paris in 1784 when he was the American minister to France. Part II includes his famous list of virtues. Part III covers the years 1732-57 and was written in 1788 when Franklin was 82. Part IV is only a few pages long and not all editions include this portion. It was written over a few months in late 1789 through March 1790 - shortly before Franklin's death. You can, and should, pick up any number of editions of the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. I particularly like the volume prepared by the Library of America and it has all four portions.
This volume was prepared by one of Franklin's descendents, Mark Skousen. The author of the words included in this volume, though, is Benjamin Franklin. Skousen has done a masterful job of taking us from 1757 through 1787 and Franklin's last will and testament of 1788.Read more ›
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As a direct descendant and look-alike of Benjamin Franklin, Mark Skousen had an inside track to the heart of Franklin's writings. Read morePublished 19 months ago by R. W.
If you enjoyed Ben Franklin's autobiography but wished it included the latter part of his life, read this book. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Russell Kyncl
If you're trying to decide between Franklin's autobiography and Skousen's version, choose Skousen. Why? Three reasons:
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The Completed Autobiography was an excellent read. It does “complete” the autobiography using appropriate sources. Read morePublished 22 months ago by MAH
MY HUSBAND READS A LOT ABOUT BENJAMIN FRANKLIN. HE HAS READ SEVERAL BOOKS AND LIKED THIS ONE ALSO. IF YOU LIKE BEN FRANKLIN, THEN THIS IS A GOOD ONE.Published on December 27, 2013 by BJAYS
I have always had a difficult time reading because I have Graves Disease, double vision and I'm nearsighted, (I do wear glasses). Read morePublished on January 17, 2013 by Archee
Great book. To make a great 'holiday gift' for a democrat brother and very progressive wife. Keep them honest, ok?Published on December 23, 2012 by Corby Coutts
Mr. Skousen made this comment during his presentation by C-span, "Franklin changed from being a deist to being a theist. Read morePublished on April 17, 2010 by Stephen A Miller