Franklin's Autobiography (Classic Reprint)
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2011
After reading about Ben Franklin, I feel he belongs on the pedestal with George Washington. Ben Franklin was one of the most selfless persons in American History. His writings, inventions, and steps to direct the Colonies to be united and free from British rule were all for the purpose of generations to follow, not for self-recognition or greatness. I wish this was required reading for grade school age children.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 6, 2013
I think Franklin is an admirable figure offering sound advice. Of course some of it may be a little dated, but for the most part the principles he expounds are timeless. Up to you whether you how much of a role model you want him to be but I think most people could do far worse and, if you do want to understand the inner workings of his mind, reading this is about the best way to do it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2013
I liked the facts but the english was sometimes difficult to understand. It did explain a great deal about a Great American!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2013
It was very interesting to see how Dr. (honorary) Franklin figured out life and relationships, religion, business, and politics and put it in his own words. He was the only "president" who was not a national president but was the president (governor) of Pennsylvania.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2012
Where did those deep seated American values, optimism and ambition go? The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. If everyone reads it (it is very short), we can bring back the wisdom and vision of the grandfather of America, Ben Franklin.
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on June 8, 2015
To read Ben Franklin's own account of himself.... wonderful! Should be required reading for every 11-13 year old American. Possibly 1 sentence in the whole book that is not "politically correct" in today's times, but was correct for his times. Franklin paints himself as a person who started out controlled by his (young) self-interests (based on his emotional feeling of right from wrong) and grows into a great success as a result of his effort to greatly improve himself in 13 specific virtues along with Very hard work, continuous learning, and constant integrity (with just a little business-savvy mixed in). He was charitable and the founder of many public services in Philadelphia... the library and the fire protection system come to mind immediately. His private groups were utilized to exchange and fine-tune ideas within a 'safe' environment. Later, these same ideas were introduced as ways to improve the budding city of Philadelphia and the new nation. He mentions that someone called him 'prideful' - - it appears he was rather sure of himself, but not arrogant (at least not based on his viewpoint). :) Excellent.
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on July 6, 2014
I've read it before but I always enjoy it and learn something. A very wise man!
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on March 4, 2014
knowing of Franklin and knowing him are two different things. my appreciation for Franklin has been greatly expanded as a result of this book.p
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on October 8, 2013
Although sometimes the language is a little difficult it is interesting to see how many times he tried and failed and yet became a great man. The part my daughter found the most interesting was that he made chart with virtues and each day he would mark if he'd lived up to that virtue or failed. Like a chore chart but to make himself a better person! She found it fascinating that with hard work someone like Franklin could become someone that would found a country. Makes her appreciate the important of seeking to do what is right and not doing whatever you fell like. Amazing that it made her really understand how terrible the behavior of some of the people in the media really is.
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on June 19, 2015
Hello, I purchased this book for a special need blind student that found it easy to read! Happy to know that one can find books like this one on Amazon online! Thanks for making it available! Terry
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