A must-read for everyone interested in American history, Franklin’s engaging autobiography paints a vivid portrait, in his own words, of the man who would become one of America’s most beloved Founding Fathers. With an introduction and edited by direct descendant Mark Skousen, this classic and beloved book is well followed by The Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin, which finishes what the original Autobiography begins, taking the reader from 1757 through Franklin’s death in 1790 – years for which Ben Franklin is most famous. Click here for more information.
Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography is one of the greatest autobiographies of all time—but it was incomplete. Franklin ended his life’s story in 1757, when he was fifty-one. He lived another thirty-three eventful years, serving as America’s advocate in London, Pennsylvania’s representative in the Continental Congress, and America’s wartime ambassador to France. Here is the rest of the story, in Franklin’s own words. Mark Skousen is a descendant of Benjamin Franklin through Franklin’s grandson Louis Bache. Click here for more information on Franklin’s originial Autobiography and the new Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin.
Wit and Wisdom of Benjamin Franklin
(Pickering & Chatto, c. 1996)
An eighth-generation descendant of Old Ben himself, Mark Skousen has written a marvelous little book that highlights exciting and little known stories of Franklin’s life, famous and powerful sayings, and debunks common myths about the man.