From the Inside Flap
Franklinin Franklins Own Words Benjamin Franklins celebrated Autobiography, published after his death, is one of the greatest autobiographies of all time
but it was incomplete. Franklin ended his lifes story in 1757, when he was only fifty-one. He planned to write morea lot more, but never did. He lived another thirty-three full, eventful, and dramatic years, some of the most dramatic years in American history, years in which Franklin was Americas advocate in London, represented Pennsylvania in the Continental Congress, and was Americas wartime ambassador to France. During these years Franklin also helped write our nations Constitution and planned an American Empire that would displace the British Empire. Franklin is one of the most fascinating of the Founding Fathersa polymath like Jefferson, a practical statesman like Washington, and a cynic and wit beyond parallel. Now, at last, in The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin, we finally get the rest of the story, in Franklins own words. Faithfully compiled and edited from Franklins papers by Dr. Mark Skousen Franklins descendant, acting as his devoted secretarythis is the closest we will ever get to Franklin sitting down in his study in Philadelphia, dipping quill into ink, and finishing his autobiography. In The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin, youll learn: * Why the United States could not have won the war without Franklins diplomatic heroics
* 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.
About the Author
Benjamin Fraklin, considered the grandfather of America, is Mark Skousens eighth-generation grandfather, through Franklins grandson Louis Bache. He has had a lifelong interest in the "grandfather" of our nation. Dr. Skousens career has sometimes followed that of his illustrious ancestor, as a publisher, author, financial advisor, teacher, father, public servant, and world traveler. He is also the author of The Wit and Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin.