Franklin wrote his autobiography in the form of an extended letter to his son. While recording the events of his life, he adds instructions for good living which makes this work America’s first “How to Succeed” book.
Largely a compendium of several incidents through out his life written as a means of passing on wisdom to his son.
This is a gift to all Americans in quest to better themselves or in need of a standard to live by. This forefather lays the framework for becoming your best possible self.
Every American should read this
A classic book that impart knowledge and wisdom from one of our founding fathers and the great polymath of history.
Franklin is an excellent storyteller, and this book is both entertaining and elucidating. You will be surprised to discover facts about Franklin you thought you knew, but it isn't quite so.
I found this book to be as inspiring as it was interesting. It doesn't need my endorsement, but I enjoyed it so much I'll give it anyway.
This story is the first I've read of him, so I cannot make a relative comparison to others. However, I can say that "I" learned or at least had validated a great many truths of life. This by my own experiences throughout "My" life", having now entered the last quarter of life, was easy to relate too. If it were to have the same affect on a person in their first quarter of life, it would surely give that person a great advantage throughout the remainder of their life. It would be a great "Civics Lesson" in high school. To date, the best reading I've had!
Fascinating and very enlightening!
Sometimes a little hard to read, due to the differences in language from that time period. But the most fascinating book I've read in a long time!
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin a bit short
By Able Baker Delta
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin falls short due to no mention of the Revolutionary war or Mr. Franklin's role in it. What gives?
Ben Franklin Autobiography
By Clay Michaels
This edition has been censored to remove any references to sexuality.
A man to learn and follow his spirit
By Help Shadowrocket
He to me is more than a man with a certain nationality. With a number of great virtues, he is the model of mankind.
Highly recommend it
A fun book that I am happy I had the pleasure to read. Franklin allows the reader to fully and easily comprehend how life was in America from the years before the French Indian war till right before the revolution. This is a book that anyone who is interested in history, politics, religion, wealth, and values should read.
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