One of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Benjamin Franklin was a true Renaissance man. Virtually self-taught, he excelled as an athlete, a printer, a scientist, a wit, an inventor, an editor and a writer, and was probably the most successful diplomat in American history. During his long life, he offered advice on attaining wealth, organized public institutions, contributed to the birth of a nation, and negotiated with foreign powers to ensure his country's survival. David Hume has hailed him as "the first philosopher and great man of letters in the New World."
Written initially to guide his son, Franklin's autobiography is a lively, spellbinding account of his unique and eventful life, presenting remarkable insight on the man and his accomplishments. This edition also includes additional writings from his wife and son, which provide a more intimate portrait of him as husband and father.