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Publisher Description

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.

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is one of the most important and influential works in American history. It tells the story of Franklin's life from his humble beginnings to his emergence as a leading figure in the American colonies. In the process, it creates a portrait of Franklin as the quintessential American. Because of the book, Franklin became a role model for future generations of Americans, who hoped to emulate his rags-to-riches story. The autobiography has also become one of the central works not just for understanding Franklin but for understanding America.

Initially written as a letter to his son William, the autobiography offers Franklin's reflections on philosophy and religion, politics, war, education, material success, and the status of women. Stylistically his best work, it has become a classic in world literature, one to inspire and delight readers everywhere.

Biographies & Memoirs
Walter Costello
hr min
November 17
Tantor Audio

Customer Reviews

ZenOfApps ,

wisdom to be had

Franklin was an exceptional man of character and genius. One should listen to his autobiography as if he was actually speaking to you, listen carefully and there is wisdom to be had from this man.

Hannahbear ,


USUALY i'm not one to read autobiogragys of our former presidents..... but listen up to all those who want to buy it.... IT IS SOOO MUCH EASIER TO LISTEN O IT THAN TO READ IT! the book is in like, 8 font and it has 10000 words per page! i'm tellin you, this is sooooo much easier!!

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