Ben Franklin had his hand in just about everything, so his autobiography ends up focusing on a great many things that most people don't even realize he was involved in. The things that he is truly famous for are completely unmentioned, or very briefly mentioned. This book is definitely worth the read, he wrote it for his son, and it is interesting to know what he considered to be important for his legacy.
I know he wrote this book about himself, but instead of coming away with an understanding of his influence on the colonies, I just got a clear picture of what an egotistical slut he was.
He had seventeen children, mentions only three in the book, and just one of them by name. I can't fathom a father writing an autobiography without including his children. But then again, maybe they weren't a part of his life that mattered.
Ben Franklin is an interesting character. I never knew some of the less-than-sterling aspects of his life (like his losing a friendship because he made a move on his friend's girl), and was surprised that he included them in his autobiography. I found it a bit dry at times, but enjoyable nonetheless. What I like about this version of the Autobiography is that it has some really useful supplemental information included, which is quite helpful in explaining the unusual format of the autobiography.
Franklin's fascinating autobiography, written partly to teach his son how to choose goals and improve himself, is relevant today. Over 200 years after this man became the only person to sign all 4 major documents of the founding of America, we can be instructed and inspired by his concept of what it means to become a man in America.
In this Autobiography Franklin focuses on material sucess,moral regeneration and renewal,and the hope of social progress. He mentions just a few of his gifts to society, his contribution to electricity, paved streets,the firestation and the library. It was a book written for his son. It does not however give much information about Franklin personally as I would have hoped but it does give information not widely known.