The most inspiring book I've ever read. What a brilliant, inquisitive, problem solver Ben Franklin was. The reason he is inspiring is that he was so positively normal. He did all the things he did because he drove himself harder, desired more, persevered - where most people wouldn't have the strength to keep going. He had only two years of formal education, his family was poor, he was given nothing. He was a self made man, and this book shows through his own words just what he had to go through to achieve what he did. I found most of the book very interesting. I did lose some interest when the story was about the military, but that's a small part of the package. If you've lost hope and feel powerless to control your life, reading at least the first third of the book can really be the kick in the pants you need. Can't praise it highly enough.