The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (English) (Paperback)
By: Benjamin Franklin
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"If you wish information and improvement from the knowledge of others and yet at the same time express yourself as firmly fixed in your present opinions modest sensible men who do not love disputation...Read more
"If you wish information and improvement from the knowledge of others and yet at the same time express yourself as firmly fixed in your present opinions modest sensible men who do not love disputation will probably leave you undisturbed in the possession of your error. And by such a manner you can seldom hope to recommend yourself in pleasing your hearers or to persuade those whose concurrence you desire." Born in Boston on January 17 1706 Benjamin Franklin was the 15th child and the youngest son of a candle and soap maker. Despite his success at school his formal education was stopped when he was 10 so that he could work full-time in his cash-strapped father's shop. At 12 he was made apprentice at his brother James' print shop where he learned much about the publishing business which influenced him later in life. He went on to become an ambassador an athlete a scientist a statesman a writer a philosopher a musician a businessman and a celebrated free thinker. Often referred to as 'America's Renaissance Man' he was emblematic of the fledgling American nation. Besides organizing the first library in America he adopted the pseudonym of 'Poor Richard' and wrote on ethical philosophy in the annual publication 'Poor Richard's Almanack'. Scientists throughout the world were impressed with his experiments in electricity. In fact the lightning rod was his invention. He was the only leading American to sign on all the four major documents that laid the foundation of the Republic: the Declaration of Independence (1776) the Treaties of Alliance (1778) the Peace Treaty between Great Britain and the United States (1783) and the Constitution of the United States (1787). He went into a coma after an abscess in his lung burst and passed away on April 17 1780 at the age of 84. Talking Points - Hailed as one of the bestselling autobiographies ever written - A remarkable story of Benjamin Franklin one of the founders of United States of America - Introduction by American Literature specialist Dr Lewis Leary - Celebrated Scottish philosopher David Hume regarded Benjamin the world's first great philosopher - Upholds values and qualities that the author followed in his life - A collector's delight World wide readership/market Ardent readers of autobiographies and biographies historians philosophers politicians sociologists libraries professors educational institutions students aspiring writers general trade
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