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A Benjamin Franklin Reader

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Selected and annotated by the author of the acclaimed "Benjamin Franklin: An American Life," this collection of Franklin's writings shows why he was the bestselling author of his day and remains America's favorite Founder and wit.As a twelve-year-old apprentice in his brother's print shop, Benjamin Franklin taught himself to be a writer by taking notes on the works of grea ...more
Hardcover, 551 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by Simon & Schuster (first published 2003)
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A great reference work, keep it in easy reach to quote some Franklin!
Very, very interesting. Benjamin Franklin, while definitely a strange fellow, was certainly a genius and one of the best writers of all time. What scares me is that because he's so good, he almost made me believe some bizarre things.

And Walter Isaacson did an amazing job of putting it all together and into context. It's an amazing read (it just takes a looong time) that'll give you plenty of information on all the aspects of Benjamin Franklin's long and full life.
Old fashioned writing can be challenging to read. But the Silence Dogood letters are funny. I really LIKE Old Ben.
"Wonderful book about a fascinating life that did so much to create the American character and shape a nation."
Anthony Robb-John
Hmmm - such a life, so many contradictions, good, bad, blindspots, insights. BF deserves something better. Am happy to say this is a start and has some moments. I look forward to reading more.
Marc Gacy
What better way to spend Ben Franklin's 300th birthday than to fly into Philly reading a copy of this book?

This omnibus simply reinforces my opinion that Ben Franklin clearly qualifies as The Greatest American (or at least one of)
Sheri Hansen
Our impish American Da Vinci at his finest. People should read more of his actual stuff, or they risk losing the marvelous nuance he brings when we see his life as a whole.
Sep 09, 2009 Graham is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Just picked it up from the library. As a new Philadelphian I thought it was my duty. I definitely won't read everything in here.
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Benjamin Franklin was a writer, a philosopher, a scientist, a politician, a patriot, a Founding Father, an inventor, and publisher. He helped with the founding of the United States of America and changed the world with his discoveries about electricity. His writings such as Poor Richards' Almanac have provided wisdom for 17 years to the colonies.
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