Item description for Poor Richard's Almanack by Benjamin Franklin...
Overview A collection of Ben Franklin's timeless maxims, rules, and aphorisms
Publishers Description A collection of Ben Franklin's timeless maxims, rules, and aphorisms.
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Studio: Peter Pauper Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.79" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 1983
Publisher Peter Pauper Press
ISBN 0880889187 ISBN13 9780880889186
Availability 0 units.
More About Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin's writings represent a long career of literary, scientific and political efforts over a lifetime which extended nearly the entire eighteenth century. Franklin's achivements range from inventing the lightning rod to publishing Poor Richard's Almanack to signing the Declaration of Independence. In his own lifetime he knew prominence not only in America but in Britain and France as well.
Benjamin Franklin lived in Boston, in the state of Massachusetts. Benjamin Franklin was born in 1706 and died in 1790.
Reviews - What do customers think about Poor Richard's Almanack?
Sage Advice Feb 24, 2008
Though Benjamin Franklin never suggests that all the words are his, his assembly of commonly used phrases and sayings provides the reader with material that will make them think. Do remember, that this doesn't read like a novel.
There are better versions than this one Jan 18, 2008
So to start, there is a huge problem with this page. If you utilize this site's Search Inside feature for this version of the book it is actually showing you the inside of a different copy of Poor Richards Almanack. What you see is definitely not the inside of this book and I'll tell you why later.
Another problem with this page is the fact that people are reviewing the content of Poor Richards Almanack and giving you, the consumer, a history lesson on the book. But come on... the content of the book is pretty much a given. If you're not familiar with the Poor Richards Alamanack, then it's probably a good idea to check it out from a library before you buy it. You would want to own a copy simply for novelty's sake.
So onto the review of the actual product... This is a very poor copy in terms of quality (just like this review). This is just speculation, but it literally appears as if someone from the publisher went to the copy machine with an original copy of the book, pressed the "Enlarge 150%" button, photocopied the entire original book onto larger paper, bound it, put a cover on it, and sold it as the copy you see here. The black space you see on the cover is about the size of the margins within the book. This creates an obnoxious amount of white space around the paragraphs which in turn makes the book difficult to read. On top of this, some of the pages are slightly crooked.
So as I've stated, the content is exactly like the original, but you can easily find a better version than this one. Unless the book was intended for people with impaired vision, there is no reason the original book should have been blown up and placed on 2 inch margins. I would steer clear of this version and find a better one.
As a side note, there are several versions of Poor Richards Almanack. Some have his quotes reorganized into categories and some versions have his quotes re-written into more modern language. And there is, of course, the original. For Christmas, I got my Mom the original as well as the one with the organized quotes. So I guess it's whatever your preference is.
Gift-Returned (Poor Richard) Jan 12, 2008
Given as a gift so have no input. Recipient did not care for the format of the book.
Timeless Classic Dec 19, 2007
Ben Franklin's book is loaded with tips just as relevant today as they were centuries ago. You will truly be surprised at the amount of knowledge, useful knowledge, you get from this book.
Poor Richard's Almanack Sep 30, 2007
Love this book. I am a fan of Benjamin Franklin. He is so witty and thoughtful. I also like Henry David Thoreau.