The Real Benjamin Franklin (American Classics Series #2)
The Real Benjamin Franklin: The True Story of America's Greatest Diplomat. There are many Benjamin Franklins -- or at least he has taken on many different forms in the history books of the last two centuries. Some historians have shown us an aged statesman whose wise and steadying influence kept the Constitutional Convention together in 1787, while others have conjured up...more
Here are just a few things that impressed me about his life:
- He had an incredible work ethic. He worked hard and got out of debt so that he was able to retire in his forties
- He desired to serve others. Most of his life was spent away from his family serving his country as an ambassador to the European nations.
- He was an avid reader. It was said ...more
After my second time around w/the main portion of this book, I finally managed to get through the Timeless Treasures portion of it. My attention span isn't what it used to be and reading all the very short letters, notes, etc., on various subjects from his life was very hard for me to get through. Too short to really get into, but too interesting to Not read. This sort of thing makes me wish for an eidetic mem ...more
Don't worry about it coming off too text-bookish. It will go down like a spoonful of sugar, so to speak. It is very engaging and informative, also offering differing sides to some matters of deb ...more
As I am Canadian, I never learned American history in school. This was a great read. It was well put together with sources from letters written to and from Benjamin, as well as historic facts, and snippets from old documents.
It starts at the beginning of his life, and discusses childhood, education, politics, inventions, and family life all the way to his death.
In the back 1/2, is an index of many quotes directly from Benjamin Franklin sorted by subject.
The book is divided into two parts, the second is a collection of quotes.
The QUOTES at the back, vah-VOOM 10 stars!!! Seriously, go check out "religion" and then all the entries on "charity" and "poor". Just an OCEAN of wisdom from this great Founding Father.
The one thing I didn't know was during his last days he fought to give slaves their freedom.