Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The

Benjamin Franklin
"The first book to belong permanently to literature. It created a man." -- From the Introduction Few men could compare to Benjamin Franklin. Virtually self-taught, he excelled as an athlete, a man of letters, a printer, a scientist, a wit, an inventor, an editor, and a writer, and he was probably the most successful diplomat in American history. David Hume hailed him as the first great philosopher and great man of letters in the New World. Written initially to guide his son, Franklin's autobiography is a lively, spellbinding account of his unique and eventful life. Stylistically his best work, it has become a classic in world literature, one to inspire and delight readers everywhere.


Reviewed: 2016-07-26
Read the second part about the virtues in American Literature I in college, and I now understand why we didn't read the whole thing; some of the stories are interesting but a lot of it (especially the bits about the French and Indian War) is incredibly boring. It's a shame he died before he could write about the revolution, but honestly I'm glad it's not any longer. You can definitely see him trying to create his own legacy; and, for the most part, I'd say he succeeded.
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