|12-20-2007, 10:13 PM||#1|
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Franklin, Ben: Autobiography. 20 Dec 07
While most school children and older in the USA know who he is, some of the MobileRead readers may not. He was one of out founding Fathers and a champion for freedom of the press. As a scientist he confirmed that lightening is electricity, developed the Franklin stove (very energy saving for the day), and was the first to create bifocals (glasses that can correct distance and near vision problems at the same time.) As a business man he ran a successful newspaper in Philadelphia and published Poor Richard's Almanac. As a diplomat he helped secure the French support for our war of independence from the British. As a patriot he helped guide Thomas Jefferson in the Writing of the Declaration of Independence.
Today most people know him as the picture on the $100 bill. (The largest USA currency in circulation.)
Enjoy the book. I have only read it about 20 times since I first read it in my teens. It inspired me then and continues to inspire me to this day.
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