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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Benjamin Franklin , Charles William Eliot
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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 505 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 154 pages
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  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0083Z40N2
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Edifiant mais incomplet 23 août 2014
Par gab
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La première partie où il écrit pour sa famille est la plus intéressante, la deuxième partie se concentre plus sur son activité politique et relève plus des mémoires, dommage il s'arrête aussi relativement tôt, plus de 20 ans avant son décès et bien avant la déclaration d'indépendance
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Good read about a man with character 12 octobre 2013
Par A.J. - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This is more of a collection of separate writings (often decades apart)
rather than a coherent autobiography. Im always fascinated by a glimpse
into historical society so I enjoyed the read, although many sections
are quite detailed and not very interesting descriptions of some particular
civic, political, or academic affair Franklin was involved in.
I think many are interested mainly in Franklin's character and its
ethical foundations- there are quite a few self-reflections
on these such as the value of honesty, sincerity and integrity, etc.

Other things I found interesting was the description of the problem
of alcoholism already 300 years ago (and the rejection by society people
suffering from it met with), the description of the Indian wars (where Indians
are describes as quite ruthless and vile, and, eventually wiped out by alcohol
rather than force), and the corruption and selfish characters
dominating politics and public office ("few in public affairs act from a view of the
good of their country, and fewer still with a view to the good of mankind"),
and the foundation of his friendships (which is always an activity or common interest).

Of great interest is also Franklin's list of virtues which he tried to live by

1 Temperance : moderation in food and drink.
2 Silence : Not unnecessary chatter!
3 Order : Things must be in their place, tasks must be allowed to take their time
4 Resolution
5 Frugality
6 Industry : Be always employed in something useful! Otherwise you are losing time.
7 Sincerity
8 Justice
9 Moderation
10 Cleanliness : No uncleanliness in body, clothes or habit
11 Tranquility : Dont be disturbed by trifles, accidents, or unavoidable things.
12 Chastity
13 Humility

Franklin also strongly recommends anyone desiring to clean up their moral code
to do it one step at a time, with perhaps one week for each point here.

An interesting habit he acquires is to stop using dogmatic expressions like "certainly", "undoubtedly" etc
in debates, and rather use "In my opinion..", "one possibility" etc..which in his opinion
avoids fiery responses and unnecessary conflict (and instead gives a
pleasant and constructive dialogue). This method also actually leads others to more
quickly give up erroneous stances.

The personal trait that Franklin describes as the most strongly manifest in most people is pride.
An any dealings with people, their pride is what you must consider and avoid insulting or

In his newspapers, he is adamant in not writing any libeling or personal abuse, which apparently
was becoming a widespread phenomenon already 300 years ago.

He also notes that doing people favors does not make them more benign to you in any way.

There is an interesting piece of history, where Franklin describes the settlement of the southern
states (like Georgia) to be dominated by cast-outs people in debt or from prison.

Franklin describes the challenges of business partnerships (or other partnerships), which
in his experience tends to end in quarrels and disagreements. His advice to reduce the risk
is to clarify from the starts what is expected, what is exactly the nature of the cooperation.

One value is that one should share inventions freely and generously with others.

Another observation is that people are most happy and content when busy with something, when
idle they start complaining and feeling miserable.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Franklin on success in business and politics 18 novembre 2013
Par John B. Thompson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I chose this book belatedly due to my interest in American history, but found it much more valuable in terms of the advice offered in tactical negotiation principles valuable as much in the political and diplomatic as in the business arena. The book could properly be required reading in university courses on business administration, politics or diplomacy.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The father of all autobiographies 20 avril 2013
Par Hailey McPherson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I don't feel right reviewing the work of Benjamin Franklin. He was a great man who did great things. Who am I to say anything about his writing style or the insights he had into life and the world around him? But I can review this edition of his book.

Since this is a free download, I was a little cautious at first. But this is one of the great biographies of one of the greatest Americans, so I gave it a click. There's nothing to lose and a world of wit and widom to gain.

It looks pretty good for a free download - at least on my Kindle. The paperback I had in high school looks better, but you still get Franklin's words - for free. They could have put in ncx to make navigation easier and it should be divided into 4 sections - even though the last one is really short. This version is just one really long chapter.

So it could have been done better, but the great writing by the great man is still there. If it cost anything more than 99 cents, I'd look around for a better version, but for free this one is excellent.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great book 10 février 2014
Par KBVA - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Franklin continues to teach us things such as how to treat people, instill self discipline and build a business centuries after his death. A must read for those trying improve themselves.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. 11 février 2014
Par Linda - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
There is no wonder why Ben Franklin was invited to be one of the founding fathers of the nation. He was a lot more intelligent than I knew. A self made and self educated man.
I recommend this book to all American history buffs.
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