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The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin (1757-1790) [Paperback]

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Pages   480
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.94" Width: 6.34" Height: 1.34"
Weight:   1.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jul 4, 2007
Publisher   Regnery Publishing
ISBN  1596985291  
EAN  9781596985292  

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Benjamin Franklin's celebrated Autobiography, published after his death, is one of the greatest autobiographies of all time...but it was incomplete. Franklin ended his life's story in 1757, when he was only fifty-one. He planned to write more-a lot more, but never did. He lived another thirty-three full, eventful, and dramatic years, some of the most dramatic years in American history, years in which Franklin was America's advocate in London, represented Pennsylvania in the Continental Congress, and was America's wartime ambassador to France. During these years Franklin also helped write our nation's Constitution and planned an American Empire that would displace the British.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Mark Skousen is Benjamin Franklin Chair of Management at Grantham University. In 2004-05, he taught economics and finance at Columbia Business School and Columbia University. He is the editor-in-chief of the investment newsletter "Forecasts and Strategies", and the author of several books, including "The Making of Modern Economics" and "The Power of Economic Thinking".

Mark Skousen currently resides in Winter Park, in the state of Florida.

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Getting to Know a Great American  Oct 14, 2008
This is an inspiring book, sure to make you think about how awesome it was that our nation was founded and hugely successful in such a short time, against all odds. Drawn from Franklin's writings and compiled by one of his descendants, it covers a wide variety of topics, more than just politics, in an informative as well as entertaining way. There can be no doubt that Benjamin Franklin was one of the greatest, wisest and best-loved men of his day, not just in America, but in France and England as well. I highly recommend this very readable and thought-provoking book.
This fascinating book is not stodgy  Apr 13, 2008
I had never read Volume 1 of Benjamin Franklin's autobiography, so I didn't know what to expect when I bought Volume 2, which was compiled from Dr. Franklin's diaries by one of his descendants, Dr. Mark Skousen. I really thought that because 200 years had gone by, it would be rather dry with way too many historical details and that I would never finish it. A good book to help me fall asleep at night. But I was wrong. I simply loved it.

Dr. Franklin was quite a character and this book shows in his own words what he thought of his fellow 'founding fathers,' (especially his opinion of John Adams!!) how he managed to keep some of his English friends in the midst of the Revolutionary War, and the woman who got away (quite possibly the only one).

This is not a book just for a history class. It is most, most entertaining and I finished it in record time. I wish Ben had lived to 100 instead of just 84.

Highly recommended if you like history and even if you don't.

Heidi Walter

A Disappointing Faux Auto Biography  Oct 27, 2007
This is a review of the audio version of this work.

I found this to be a great disappointment, bordering on annoying. The author was attempting to complete Franklin's autobiography which doesn't cover the second half of his life. I found two very difficult problems with the work.

First, the opening of the audio book presents the author's background including why he wanted to do this. This introduction was distractingly self-serving and provided quite a bit more about the author than any reader would probably expect. He is a descendant of Franklin, which may spurn his motivation....but failed to make the experience any more enlightening.

Second, the book is written "using Franklin's own words"...or so says the notes from the publisher. What it does is try to use the language of Franklin's day including quickly worn out expressions and lines. I tired very quickly of the authors attempt to turn every phrase like a Poor Richard quip. What he may have gained in accuracy, made the audio experience painful.

I do not recommend the audio edition for those two reasons, nor would I recommend the book. One would be better served with Isaacson's (BF: An American Life) book for a look at the second half of Franklin's's simply written better and it offers more insight.

The idea of getting inside Franklin's head and finishing the autobiography is compelling....but this attempt failed in it's lofty goal.

Pretty Good  Sep 1, 2007
Let's just say I am a Franklin buff. If you really like Franklin or history this is a worth while read. If you want to learn more about Franklin you should start with the Autobiography and then move to one of the many Bios, the most recent of which is Walter Isaacson's "Benjamin Franklin." If you get through those, you may be well ready for this read. To be honest, in my opinion, the author stands in the way of this work a little but it is not bad.
Book review  Mar 16, 2007
Book received timely and in excellent condition. Am still in the process of reading it.

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