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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 April 2013
Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. His autobiography comprises manuscripts (only later collated into book form) essentially of advice by example, which summarise his life, achievements and values. It would probably be helpful to have the historical background to Franklin's life in mind as this book is not intended as history.

I was very impressed by Franklin's level-headed modesty, but equally by his creativity - a somewhat unusual combination of qualities. Also, and not least, by his use of plain English.

Strongly recommended for adding flesh to the historical facts of Franklin's life.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This was an excellent book and truly inspiring to hear the wonderful words of a wonderful man. I found the book extremely motivational as well as highly educating. I would recommend this book as a must read written by one of histories great people and a lot can be learned from this autobiography.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 22 March 2014
I can honestly say that it is the best book I have read this year (and I've read a lot). Everyone should read this book at least once in their lives. It's also free on amazon, so that's good. Benjamin Franklin was one of the most influential people in American history and lead a fascinating life.

Give this book a go. You won't regret it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2014
This book is very interesting and is written in two parts.

The first part is written very well and is fascinating, about Franklin's early life. The second part is written when he is much older and the style is different. It gives very good information of how the governance of the American people developed through very dramatic times but it is very difficult to related to the historical events of the time without having some knowledge of American history.
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on 21 November 2014
This is a short read, but I have found it very interesting in that it shows the challenges found by the people migrating to North America. Clearly Franklin was very practical, finding new and easier ways to achieve objectives. He was self taught, but was able to demonstrate to learned academics in London that lightning was an electrical phenomenon. He was also using his printing press to publish newspapers, as he was involved in the politics of the colonies.
I also found interesting the English of the time, easy to read but with different spelling to some words
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What constitutes a man whose made almost eternal footprints in our history? Good fortune? Parents? Genetics? Or is it the daily, monthly, yearly life of a man who reasoned his fortunes were directly proportional to his work level, thinking, and ethics...something sadly lost in out iPhone society. Read this and consider how timeless the records of Dr. Franklin are...purely historical things aside, could you do some of the things he did ? Try to get your kids to read this instead of what Kanye West said today....
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on 27 July 2014
I can't recommend this too highly for anyone with an interest in America of the 18th century. I don't say history, because that implies constitutional discussions and battles and politics, all of which are present to a degree, but do not predominate. What we have here is a first hand of witness of daily life, written by someone who had the opportunity to experience it in all sorts of ways, and that makes it a fascinating read with which to kindle the imagination.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 May 2013
This is a good read and an absolute bargain. This was free so I suppose I have nothing to moan about really.
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on 27 December 2012
Well written and with much wisdom. I found myself reading Franklin's unfinished autobiography within 2 days. The great shame is that it ends in 1757 well short of the most dramatic events of his life. This is however a story of not just building America but also of modern civilisation. Though some views held are very much of the time, most of the wisdom contained is timeless
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on 20 May 2014
An excellent book about a really interesting man from his early days and how he strove to better himself, change his behaviour to become more persuasive with people and create some far reaching institutions and laws as part of America's birth. Not just a man with a "kite". Fascinating
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