I think this book (I only read the Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin) should be required reading for all of today's youth. Ben Franklin is a truly self made man, and this book accounts for most of how he got there. I think anyone who comes from a home where success is not important should read this. I love how he decides to save money, and I really love his cautionary tales of all his promising young friends and their downfalls; I think that part is mind blowing. The language in this book can be quite boring and a little challenging to read at times, but when he is really getting into something I found it very exciting. To be fair... these parts do not happen as often as I would have liked. Despite that, the story itself is a great read for anyone who would like to be self made and not have things handed to them. Well done, Mr. Franklin. I was inspired to read this for two reasons. Firstly, while reading Homer's the Iliad and the Odyssey, Benjamin Franklin was often the person compared to the most by the group of readers I read with. I needed to know why. I'll need to think of why he was mentioned so often aside from him being clever and strong. I am sure in time, I could see more of a connection, but I haven't thought about that much since I only just finished reading the book 15 minutes ago. Secondly, I recently watched John Adams on HBO, and I was very interested in learning more about this clever old fella. So much about this story still rings true today. For example, I recently read When I grown up (Benjamin Franklin) from Scholastic with 2 of my kids aged 7 and 5, and we learned Mr. Franklin's son, Franky, died of smallpocs. He was 4, and I was able to tell my kids what vaccines are and why they are important. Being the fact that they are children, they do not like shots. However, learning that Ben Franklins son died from a disease they can not get because they are already vaccinated was very interesting to them. They agreed that the promise of not dying at age 4 from smallpocs is worth the pain of a shot. This was a huge parenting victory as my 5 year old needed boosters this past week. "Remember what happened to Benjamin Franklins son? This is no big deal compared to that." Also, this is important today because a few months ago there was an outbreak of measles in Disney where I was supposed to visit. On page 100, Franklin is quoted in regard to his son dying of smallpocs (bear with me for the length), "I long regretted bitterly, and still regret that I had not given it to him by inoculation. This I mention for the sake of parents who omit that operation, on the supposition that they should never forgive themselves if a child died under it; my example showing that the regret may be the same either way, and that, therefore, the safer should be chosen."

I am a Benjamin Franklin fan.