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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin
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Feb 24, 2011

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Benjamin Franklin's autobiography is an insightful look into his character and many of his achievements, but it hits a wall at about the half-way mark and drags on towards an abrupt finish. The first half of the book is addressed to Franklin's son, and it contains information about Franklin's family, his humble upbringing, and his boot-strapping days as a young man seeking work in Philadelphia. The latter half of the book is targeted at a wider audience after it was suggested that Franklin publish his autobiography. The whimsical and inspirational personal tales from the book's first half are replaced with minute details about Franklin's career. Most unfortunate, though, is that Franklin never got around to actually completing the story of his life. There is nothing on the accounts of the American Revolution or the Constitutional Convention, the two things I was most interested in hearing Franklin's thoughts on. While not for everyone, those interested in history and philosophy will find it worthwhile to wade through the dull moments to uncover the gems of insight scattered throughout Franklin's autobiography.

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