The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin➽ The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin Download ➺ Author Benjamin Franklin – Inventor author printer scientist politician diplomat—all these terms do not even begin to fully describe the amazing and multitalented Benjamin Franklin who was of course also one of the Founding F Inventor author of Benjamin Epub µ printer scientist politician diplomat—all these terms do not even begin to fully describe the amazing and multitalented Benjamin Franklin who was of course also one of the Founding Fathers of America At the age of in he began work on what he called his Memoirs He was still working on it when he died in and it was published posthumously entitled An Autobiography of Benjamin The Autobiography PDF or Franklin The book had a complicated and controversial publication history Strangely enough the first volume only was first published in French in Paris in Later in a couple of English translations appeared containing the second volume as well In Franklin's grandson brought out a three volume edition which left out the last unfinished fourth volume William Temple Franklin also took great liberties with the text and made his Autobiography of Benjamin ePUB ☆ own revisions However in publisher John Bigelow purchased the original and complete manuscript and brought out the most complete edition so far The th century saw several scholars bring out definitive and complete versions An Autobiography was written apparently to apprise his son about the events of his life and also meant to be a treatise that would lead to the self betterment of the younger generation As a book it is a difficult and complex read The tone is often meandering arrogant and condescending in turn and does not have a consistent feel Written over an extended time period there are large gaps in seuence and often the author contradicts his own recounting of events In fact it ends abruptly without a shred of information about Franklin's seminal role in the American Revolution Yet two centuries after its debut it remains widely read and acclaimed valued for its being almost the first autobiography to have been written in English Its extensive advice on how to go about achieving a list of virtues is probably the first ever self help book As a glimpse of life in th century America it is unrivaled An Autobiography also provides readers with the immense possibilities that the New World holds A poor middleclass youth one of children whose parents could hardly afford to send him to school who attains learning and honest employment by dint of sheer hard work can even today be said to represent the American Dream With the publication of An Autobiography it was possible for this new and emerging superpower to establish a history and tradition of its own As a slice of history An Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is indeed an interesting and riveting read. “there will be sleeping enough in the grave” Benjamin FranklinEven in death I can't imagine Franklin resting There is always just too much to do too many uestions to ask too many books to read too much to explore My brother recommended this book to me about 30 years ago I'm not sure why I never read it until now Part of it must be the feeling that Benjamin Franklin would always just be there He wasn't going anywhere He seems to permeate so much of what it means to be an American and is an essential part our shared historical map His autobiography which is divided into two parts ends in 1757 So all of the Revolutionary War Franklin and Continental Congress Franklin is obviously missing These are his early years It is a portrait of a polymath as a young man It shows his curiosity his work ethic his creativity his risk taking his bridge building All the things that would later be used as part of the myth making around Franklin After reading this autobiography I kinda agree with Christopher Hitchen's take about the role of Benjamin Franklin as the Socrates of his day Franklin was also the main man He was drafted onto the committee that drew up the Declaration and may well have been the one who imposed the ringing term self evident as against the pompous sacred and undeniable in its crucial opening stave When George Washington's horse bore him into Philadelphia for the grueling meeting that would eventually evolve the United States Constitution it was at Franklin's front door that the president necessarily made his first stop The thing about reading Franklin is you are never uite sure when he is pulling one over on the reader His humor was dry and sharp He could adapt the language of his foes and flail them with it He was happy to guide and get things done rather than glory and stay stationary He was an American original and we are all better for his curiosity his humor his readiness to take risks his ability to learn and adapt When people talk about standing on the backs of giants I imagine we all have climbed a bit on the back of Franklin This is a curious little book As an autobiography it suffers from the fact that it leaves out nearly all of the most interesting parts of Franklin’s life This is a bit like reading an autobiography of John Lennon that ends a few years before he meets Paul McCartney I’m not saying there is no interest in what is here but any sort of version of such a man’s life that ends well short of the American Revolution is than a little heart breakingThere are very amusing parts of this – particularly around how he sought to improve himself both morally through a thirteen step plan and as a writer In fact as ‘advice to a young writer’ this book offers some wonderful advice He would read what he considered to be well written articles and then a day or two later would try to re compose them as accurately as possible from memory Then he would go back to the original article and compare his effort with that As he persisted with this strategy he would sometimes find he had improved on the original making the ordering of the points raised logical or finding a particularly apt phrase that made the point in a way better than had been done in the original This is such good advice It is remarkably hard for us to take the reader into consideration when we write – and this method forces us to do exactly that We think we know what we mean when we write something but all too often we are only sure of our meaning at the moment we write it and sometimes not even then My favourite metaphor is that a writer must ‘take the reader in hand’ And that is the level of care that is called for in our writing His advice on arguing and avoiding words that imply too much certainty in our views is also well worth heeding It is interesting to read someone so steeped in the Enlightenment To read a humanist who as much as anything else was keen to see a general improvement in humanity – whether through universal access to learning he set up the first subscription library and was instrumental in forming the first university in Pennsylvania or in finding ways to ensure the streets are kept clean and well lit In a world so much defined by Galbraith’s memorable phrase about our being prepared to accept personal affluence set amidst public sualor we can look back in wonder at the civic conscious people of the pastThere is something ‘homespun’ in the wisdom contained here but the writing is always beautifully clear and this book does make you wish he had dedicated time to telling of his life – even the parts on his experiments with electricity are skimmed over in ways that leave you wishing for much much The charm and pleasure of this book for me is that it is not about the famous Benjamin Franklin the inventor and one of the fathers of the American Revolution but that it is about the young Franklin; about his education and apprenticeship as a printer to his brother about his love of books and his determination to improve his writing skills about how he uprooted himself from his birthplace and family and moved to Philadelphia and began a business there He meets rogues and swindlers has unexpected fortune both good and ill and eventually prospers through his own cleverness and industry The first half of the book and parts of the second half is as entertaining as any novelI especially like what it reveals about early and mid 18th century America and its inhabitants The journey from Boston to Philadelphia was far different in those days The way he talks about men being bred to their various professions is fascinating as is his discussion of religious beliefs and doctrines of the time And it's so interesting to see the workings of the pre Revolutionary government in which each colony is nearly a separate country and yet all absolutely subjects of the CrownFranklin is a sly and entertaining narrator He does not shy from making himself look bad on occasion but it's clearly calculated to gain the reader's sympathy and goodwill He's a schmoozer and a schemer but he schmoozes and schemes to what he perceives to be the common good not to his own bettermentThe book does have some serious flaws For one thing it is an abandoned WIP ending abruptly with his passage to England in 1757 He also laid it down in the middle for a long time and the second half is markedly different from the first; when he starts again he repeats himself uite a bit and then goes into this rather preachy and to me boring discussion of virtue and how he attempted to become a Better Person through diligent self examination I also thought his accounts of his involvement in the French and Indian War a little dull in parts But overall I really enjoyed this bookI listened to the audiobook version of this book narrated by Adrian Cronauer whose own story formed the basis for the movie Good Morning Vietnam Cronauer has a pleasant voice but in my opinion he reads too fast and his uncompromisingly modern American accent is somewhat at odds with the 18th century language I think the audiobook would have been improved by using the accent used in eg the recent John Adams HBO miniseries Maybe I'm just too accustomed to theatrical portrayals of Franklin to accept a modern voice Man oh man that dude had some mad skills This book is written somewhat sloppily changing narrative styles throughout carrying on from time to time and not even finishing it but the content is truly amazing Why didn't I learn in school about how awesome Ben Franklin was? In addition to his kite flying escapade he invented a better type of wood burning furnace and a better street lamp He created the first public university in America U Penn helped create one of the first public hospitals and came up with the idea for the first fire department and the first public library His main profession was a printer and newspaper man which served him well in marketing many of his projects but he also served as a colonel a postmaster general and an assemblyman His career is just astounding Also it isn't covered in this book but he was one of the core founding fathers According to Wikipedia He is the only Founding Father who is a signatory of all four of the major documents of the founding of the United States the Declaration of Independence the Treaty of Paris the Treaty of Alliance with France and the United States Constitution Ever wonder why he is on the 100 bill even though he wasn't a president? It's because the dude pretty much single handedly built America I will concede that the man was not modest but regardless it's hard to argue with his track record This autobiography written by Benjamin Franklin himself is of a chronological diary of his achievements than an autobiography as not much have been discussed about his life but mostly it tell us about the work done by himHe started working with his brother from a very young age at his printing press while writing prose at the same time Seeing that he couldn’t progress much in Boston moved to Philadelphia and started his own business a printing house and a newspaper Apart from his business he also took interest in discussions and founded many societies a library fire company and established the University of Philadelphia Started working as a clerk at the General Assembly and later became the Deputy of late Governor of Virginia Seeing his influence he was elected by the people and helped in building a hospital free for poor patients proposed a bill for construction of pavements and street lights Performed experiments on tubes and wrote papers on them eventually published them all as a book Franklin was a man of usual scope of power and usefulness who knew how to tell his fellow man the secrets of that power and usefulness In his opinion great part of miseries on mankind are brought upon them by false estimates for the value of thingsBlog | YouTube | Instagram | Facebook | LinkedIn Dr Benjamin Franklin is the embodiment of Thomas Edison’s “Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration” He came from a poor family His sensible father was of good character Dr Franklin was a deist What God has given man he purposefully methodically and continually used to improve himself A self driven independent thinker he endeavored to improve not only mentally and financially but morally He did it for his own sake and the fruits became the glory of mankind Dr Franklin resolved to practice virtues every moment He said he was not so successful in some eg Order but his ambitious efforts did him well Some in the list eg humility were purposed to conuer his natural inclinations It is clear from his depictions of his practice of humility that he did not mean self abasement nor self negation – he practiced diplomacy He said about humility “I cannot boast of much success in acuiring the reality of this virtue but I had a good deal about the appearance of it In reality there is perhaps no one of our natural passions so hard to subdue as pride Disguise it struggle with it beat it down stifle it mortify it as one pleases it is still alive and will every now and then peep out and show itself; you will see it perhaps often in this history; for even if I conceive that I had completely overcome it I should be probably proud of my humility” A benevolent man of great honor Dr Franklin had no mean bone in his body He used reason and persuasion to advance his convictions His integrity earned the respect and trust of his fellowmen It is logical that he could not subdue his pride – because as Ayn Rand said “pride is the sum of all virtues” Dr Franklin earned the virtue of pride He depicted errors that he regretted He had the misfortune of losing a four year old son to smallpox I found page 63 very interesting I dearly enjoyed reading Dr Franklin’s words I laughed heartily at this part a great gun is certainly a fire engineDr Benjamin Franklin had an exemplary glorious life Ben Franklin did it all He was an incredible self made human Why wouldn't someone want to read about him? The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is fairly short and to the point It took a while to come to grips with Franklin's olde timey speech but once I got up to speed or slowed down? with it I really started to enjoy his walk down memory lane He was a natural storyteller Seriously was there anything this dude couldn't do?Not only was he industrious but he made an admirable moral compass without being overly pious or self righteous He might have had to learn modesty but considering his success and obvious intelligence not to mention some of the buffoons he was surrounded by it's a wonder he didn't constantly show up his contemporaries He details his change in speech reducing definitive statements in order to avoid shame and embarrassment for both arguing parties He is forthcoming in this way just as he is generous in his inventions When they could have made him a fortune he would not take out a patent thus allowing the less fortunate and society as a whole to benefitIt was a pleasure to reacuaint myself with this man's wisdom Once upon a time Americans modeled their behavior on his proverbs as set down in Poor Richard's Almanac Example Franklin relates losing a four year old son to small pox regrets not having inoculated him and encourages parents to do so This was over two hundred years ago Nowadays some of us are taking the opposite advice from a video djnude model with no knowledge of what she speaks What in the world has become of us?It's time we get to know this man again I was happy to do so over the Fourth of July holiday This is a wonderfully inspiring Read It's a small book packed with great insights into virtuous living His curiosity and observation of the world around him lead him to live an amazingly full life in which he accomplished much for the good of mankind All this combined with his wit and writing style make it enjoyable to read and truly encourages the reader towards self improvement I'm actually reading it again right now It's great for new year's resolutions In the summer of 1771 while he was living in a country home in England Benjamin Franklin began an autobiography that he was destined to never finish He prepared an outline of a final section that he did not complete but the four parts that he did finish represent one of the seminal documents of the enlightenment He was a statesman an author an inventor a scientist a printer and the list goes on and on when describing Benjamin Franklin As an autobiographer he also demonstrated his genius as he reinvented the genre and the result is a classic By focusing on his own self invention the narrator of the autobiography broke with the previous models of this type of writing and provided a way for America to imagine itself Reading this work is both useful and inspirational Undoubtedly that was intended for the author demonstrated a practicality in everything he did in his long life The book also demonstrates a secular character that differs from some of the earlier classics such as Augustine's Confessions For those who love reading his description of the founding of the first lending library is a perfect example of how he led his life and he determined from this experience that the best way to promote a project was to remain in the background avoiding self promotionI therefore put my self as much as I could out of sight and stated it as a Scheme of a Number of Friends who had reuested me to go about and propose it to such as they thought Lovers of Reading In this way my Affair went on smoothly and I ever after practis'd it on such Occasions; and from my freuent Successes can heartily recommend itThe autobiography is filled with many examples like this and may be read as not only the story of a person's life but as the foundation of a country's character I am reminded of a lecture I attended several years ago where Franklin's achievement was described as a new Regime by Professor Joseph Alulis In his lucid and invigorating presentation at the Chicago Cultural Center part of the First Friday series of lectures of the Basic Program of Liberal Education at the University of Chicago he told how Franklin outlined a new order a foundation for what became The United States of America Only 5 years after writing the first part of his autobiography Franklin would join Thomas Jefferson and others in writing the Declaration of Independence of the United States The autobiography is an inspirational work and one that recommends a life of the pursuit of virtue and wisdom It is a book worth reading and rereading Benjamin Franklin's autobiography is perfect except for one thing its only half finishedFranklin was prevented from completing it by becoming involved in the American RevolutionLater going as a diplomat to Paris to get French helpBorn in Boston in 1706 to Josiah Franklin and his wife Abiah A good student in his youth but the family lacked the money to send him to college His father was a candle maker and Benjamin after many false starts became an apprentice to his brother James in the printing businessAt the age of 11 he was an indentured servant a virtual slave no pay just room and boardLearning uickly and he even began writing articles for his brother's newspaper the New England CourantFleeing at 17 first to New York and than Philadelphia from James's harsh treatmentMeeting a man named Keimer in Philadelphia Franklin returned to printingAfter years of hard work the future statesman became very successfulA common law marriage to Sarah Read in 1730 her first husband deserted Miss ReadPublishing The Pennsylvania Gazette newspaper and Poor Richards Almanack and becoming famous alsoWriter scientistinventorstatesman diplomat and businessmanBenjamin Franklin helped a new nation arise