Book Forum

Ben Franklin: Conservative, Libertarian, or Radical Democrat?

(Regnery, 2006)

January 19, 2006 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM EST


Featuring the author, Mark Skousen, compiler and editor of The Compleated Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin.

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Franklin is back! With the creative assistance of a direct descendant, Ben Franklin has now finished writing his memoirs. When Franklin died in 1790, he left unrecorded the last 33 years of his illustrious career as signer of the Declaration of Independence, ambassador to France, and delegate to the Constitutional Convention. Now the rest of the story can be told. Mark Skousen, a university professor and professional economist, drew upon Franklin’s private letters and journals to publish The Compleated Autobiography — all in Franklin’s own words.