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release date: Jun 07, 1996
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Dover Thrift Editions)
Blessed with enormous talents and the energy and ambition to go with them, Franklin was a statesman, author, inventor, printer, and scientist. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence and later was involved in negotiating the peace treaty with Britain that ended the Revolutionary War. He also invented bifocals, a stove that is still manufactured, a water-harmonica, and the lightning rod.
Franklin's extraordinary range of interests and accomplishments are brilliantly recorded in his Autobiography, considered one of the classics of the genre. Covering his life up to his prewar stay in London as representative of the Pennsylvania Assembly, this charming self-portrait recalls Franklin's boyhood, his determination to achieve high moral standards, his work as a printer, experiments with electricity, political career, experiences during the French and Indian War, and more. Related in an honest, open, unaffected style, this highly readable account offers a wonderfully intimate glimpse of the Founding Father sometimes called "the wisest American."
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release date: Sep 01, 1986
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The Way to Wealth (Little Books of Wisdom)
The first American book on personal finance, "The Way to Wealth" by Benjamin Franklin is still the best and wisest money book ever written. Originally published in 1758 as the preface to "Poor Richard's Almanack," this little gem has been through innumerable printings and sold millions of copies to those in search of smart but entertaining advice about hard work, earning and saving money and debt.
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release date: May 14, 1999
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Wit and Wisdom from Poor Richard's Almanack (Dover Thrift Editions)
First published in 1732 by Benjamin Franklin when he was just 26, Poor Richard's Almanack was issued annually for the next 25 years. Extremely popular with readers of the day, the Almanack was a fascinating compilation of weather predictions, recipes, jokes, and delightful aphorisms — many representing Franklin's common-sense philosophy, and others, proverbs from the past.
This handy little volume presents hundreds of these charming maxims, carefully selected from a number of Franklin's "almanacks." Arranged in nearly 30 categories (eating and drinking; men, women, and marriage; friendships; money and frugality; religion; professions and occupations, etc.), they include such familiar phrases as:
Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.
Haste makes waste.
Love your Neighbour; yet don't pulldown your Hedge.
He that lies down with Dogs, shall rise up with fleas.
Hunger never saw bad bread.
He's a Fool that makes his Doctor his Heir.
He that has not got a Wife, is not yet a compleat Man.
An ideal sourcebook for writers, public speakers, and students, this practical and entertaining little book will also delight general readers with its rich store of time-honored folk wisdom.
release date: Sep 27, 2016
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Benjamin Franklin's Book of Virtues
From 1771 to his death in 1790, Benjamin Franklin was in the process of writing what he referred to as his Memoirs. Portions of the unfinished work were published posthumously as Memoirs of the Private Life of Benjamin Franklin, first in French in 1791, and then in English in 1793. Today the complete unfinished manuscript is known as The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, and is considered one of the most famous and influential examples of autobiography ever written. In the heart of the work, Franklin wrote of his "bold and arduous Project of arriving at Perfection" when he was a young man. He prepared a list of thirteen virtues he wished to perfect in himself, and created a chart in which to keep track of his shortcomings. Among Franklin's list of virtues were personal traits (frugality, moderation, tranquility) and social traits (sincerity, justice, humility). Franklin strayed from the virtuous path on many occasions, and discovered perfection was an impossible thing to achieve, but felt a better man for the effort. Applewood Books now offers Benjamin Franklin's Book of Virtues as Franklin intended it - a beautiful little hardcover, complete with the list of thirteen virtues and a chart to monitor one's own progress.
release date: May 20, 2016
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An Historical Review of the Constitution and Government of Pennsylvania: From Its Origin, So Far as Regards the Several Points of Controversy, Which ... of That Province, and Their Several Assembli
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release date: Feb 14, 2015
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The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is the traditional name for the unfinished record of his own life written by Benjamin Franklin from 1771 to 1790; however, Franklin himself appears to have called the work his Memoirs. Although it had a tortuous publication history after Franklin's death, this work has become one of the most famous and influential examples of an autobiography ever written. Franklin's account of his life is divided into four parts, reflecting the different periods at which he wrote them. There are actual breaks in the narrative between the first three parts, but Part Three's narrative continues into Part Four without an authorial break.
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release date: May 15, 2017
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Trapeze: The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1947–1955

Anaïs Nin made her reputation through publication of her edited diaries and the carefully constructed persona they presented. It was not until decades later, when the diaries were published in their unexpurgated form, that the world began to learn the full details of Nin’s fascinating life and the emotional and literary high-wire acts she committed both in documenting it and in defying the mores of 1950s America. Trapeze begins where the previous volume, Mirages, left off: when Nin met Rupert Pole, the young man who became not only her lover but later her husband in a bigamous marriage.

It marks the start of what Nin came to call her “trapeze life,” swinging between her longtime husband, Hugh Guiler, in New York and her lover, Pole, in California, a perilous lifestyle she continued until her death in 1977. Today what Nin did seems impossible, and what she sought perhaps was impossible: to find harmony and completeness within a split existence. It is a story of daring and genius, love and pain, largely unknown until now.

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release date: Jun 25, 2010
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Plain truths for the people
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release date: Feb 01, 2010
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The US Constitution: A Pocket Reference w/Constitution, Bill of Rights, Amendments, Declaration of Independence, History of the Constitution, Questions ... Quotes, and Free Download for 10 works

This is the most comprehensive "pocket" edition on the United States Constitution. This 96 page reference fits nicely in your pocket for quick, convenient access.

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  • The Complete Constitution of the United States
    - Preamble and 7 Articles
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    - In Convention Monday, Sept. 17th, 1787 (Presentation of the Constitution before Congress)
    - Congress of the United States Sept. 25, 1797 (The Presentation of the First 12 Amendments to the Legislatures)
  • A Brief History of the US Constitution
    - Introduction, Articles of Confederation, The Delegates, The Virginia Plan, The New Jersey Plan, Hamilton's Plan, The Great Compromise, The First Draft, The Federalists & Anti-Federalists, Ratification, The Bill of Rights, The Document Enshrined.
  • The Declaration of Independence
  • Questions and Answers Pertaining to the Constitution (over 80 Questions & Answers covering the key points of the Constitution)
  • Famous Quotes from the Founders (Key Quotes from John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington)
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AMERICA, 1786. Ten years have past since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. But America's hopes for a united country are dangerously threatened. England wages a new war of unfair trade and tariffs. Fragmented states continually bicker over currencies, trade, taxations. America is a powder keg ready to explode.

But a handful of brilliant courageous men, James Madison, George Washington, and Benjamin Franklin, and others lead a three year diplomatic battle that culminates in Philadelphia. There they created a new form of government...one that has since become the standard of freedom and democracy for the rest of the world.

Now, in a convenient 96 page booklet, PowerThink Publishing (publishers of The Five Thousand Year Leap & US Constitution Coach Kit), brings you The US Constitution: A Pocket Reference. This booklet gives you everything you need and more to gain a knowledge of the US Constitution and other key documents. Not only does it include the complete Constitution of the United States along with the Bill of Rights and all the Amendments but we have also included A Brief History of the US Constitution, a work that was first published by the National Archives under the title A More Perfect Union: The Creation of the Constitution. This useful work gives a detailed glimpse into the key events leading up to and surrounding the summer of 1787 when a 'few good men' got together in order to form 'a more perfect union' for the people of America. From the abolishment of the Articles of Confederation and the introduction of the Virginia Plan to the Great Compromise and the Document Enshrined, this pocket guide to the US Constitution is a work you won't want to be without.

Measuring in inches only 6 x 4 x 0.2, this handy reference will fit in any pocket to take with you wherever you go.

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release date: Mar 31, 2003
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Fart Proudly: Writings of Benjamin Franklin You Never Read in School
A mention of flatulence might conjure up images of bratty high school boys or lowbrow comics. But one of the most eloquent—and least expected—commentators on the subject is Benjamin Franklin. The writings in Fart Proudly reveal the rogue who lived peaceably within the philosopher and statesman. Included are "The Letter to a Royal Academy"; "On Choosing a Mistress"; "Rules on Making Oneself Disagreeable"; and other jibes. Franklin's irrepressible wit found an outlet in perpetrating hoaxes, attacking marriage and other sacred cows, and skewering the English Parliament. Reminding us of the humorous, irreverent side of this American icon, these essays endure as both hilarious satire and a timely reminder of the importance of a free press.
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