Readers and historians have long lamented that Franklin failed to complete his Autobiography While a classic in literature and among the most widely read autobiographies in the world, he stopped writing it in 1757 years before the most exciting events of his life Now, in honor of the 300th anniversary of Franklin s birth, Skousen has finished the autobiography completely in Franklin s own words....
|Title||:||The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin (Completed Autobiography)|
|Publisher||:||Regnery History November 21, 2005|
|Number of Pages||:||256 pages|
|File Size||:||574 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin (Completed Autobiography) Reviews
Editor Mark Skousen (of the Skousen family of writers and scholars) has taken it upon himself to "compleat" the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Late in life, Franklin began writing up his autobiography, but only reached about 1757, when he was about fifty. Of course, he had much significant work to do after this: Parliament lobbyist, scientist, sometime printer and writer, member of the Continental Congress, Declaration of Independence editor, ambassador to France, peacemaker, President of Pennsylvania, Constitutional Convention, etc., etc., etc. It is a pity that Franklin never finished his task, but we can't be mad at him. He was old and busy. Skousen has scoured numerous letters and writings of Franklin for biographical information, and lightly edited them into a narrative-like form. The result does mimic the tone of Franklin's first effort, and Skousen has done an excellent job ensuring that all aspects of Franklin's life are present.
I have always had a difficult time reading because I have Graves Disease, double vision and I'm nearsighted, (I do wear glasses). But with my Kindle I am enlightened being able to read the History of our Fore-Fathers. Benjamin Franklin was one of the most incredible men in our history. I am almost finished reading (The Compleated Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin 2) and would recommend this book to anyone who loves history or wants to know more about this country and the struggles our Fore-Fathers had to bear to give us the Freedoms we had today. We can not give up our FREEDOMS.
If you enjoyed Ben Franklin's autobiography but wished it included the latter part of his life, read this book. Mark Skousen, an eighth generation descendant of Franklin, has done a wonderful job of arraigning Franklin's writings from the latter part of his life into a readable and accessible format. An interesting read. If you are a fan of this Founding Father, warts and all, this book belongs in your personal library.
The Completed Autobiography was an excellent read. It does “complete” the autobiography using appropriate sources. To any person interested in history and Ben Franklin in particular, this book in highly recommended.
If you're trying to decide between Franklin's autobiography and Skousen's version, choose Skousen. Why? Three reasons:
I gave this as a gift to my mother. My father read it cover to cover and enjoyed it and my mother is in the process of doing so. It is written in an older style and can be a bit dry, but history buffs (my parents) are really enjoying it.
This is history, important to Americans, from a participant point of view. You will learn things about the American Revolution that will greatly surprise you. Franklin was not only a crafty, intuitive statesman but a renaissance man long after the era ended in Europe. The most engaging aspect of the work is the human behind the legend.
I purchased this book as a present for a son-in-law who said he's been looking for this book for a long time.