Ben & Me: From Temperance To Humility--stumbling Through Ben Franklin's Thirteen Virtues,o Ne Unvirtuous Day by Cameron GunnBen & Me: From Temperance To Humility--stumbling Through Ben Franklin's Thirteen Virtues,o Ne Unvirtuous Day by Cameron Gunn

Ben & Me: From Temperance To Humility--stumbling Through Ben Franklin's Thirteen Virtues,o Ne…

byCameron Gunn

Paperback | September 7, 2010

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Thirteen weeks. Thirteen virtues.

Cameron Gunn considered himself a regular guy-a pretty good husband, father, attorney, and friend.

But was there room for improvement?

A reader of history and a fan of Ben Franklin (and weary of self-help advice that never seems to offer much help), Gunn decided to try a little experiment. He would attempt to live by Franklin's thirteen virtues, a list of lofty ideals the Founding Father held dear, as enumerated in his famous autobiography.

Would Gunn's plan to improve his life, Citizen Ben-style, prove to be a brilliant reinvention of the self-help movement or a boondoggle of revolutionary proportions?

By turns heartfelt, hilarious, and more than a little humbling, Gunn's adventure takes this ordinary man way outside his comfort zone and into a thicket of not-so-modern values. The result is an engaging mix of humor and history-with perhaps a lightning bolt of inspiration or two along the way.

Prepare to get up close and personal with everyone's favorite Founding Father.

Temperance * Silence * Order * Resolution * Frugality * Industry * Sincerity * Justice * Moderation * Cleanliness * Tranquility * Chastity * Humility
Cameron Gunn is a father, husband, and prosecutor living in Canada. A history buff and reluctant self-improver, he took on Franklin's virtues against his better judgment.
Title:Ben & Me: From Temperance To Humility--stumbling Through Ben Franklin's Thirteen Virtues,o Ne…Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.2 × 5.5 × 0.67 inPublished:September 7, 2010Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0399536078

ISBN - 13:9780399536076


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Funny and so well written! I found Ben and Me to be very funny, interesting and extremely well written. It causes one to look inward and think about trying to be better and/or make the world a better place, while being able to laugh at the author's trials and tribulations throughout. Interesting in both historical terms and in human nature. In short, definitley worth the read...and the effort to be more virtuous!
Date published: 2010-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 13 Reasons (and more) to Laugh! You never need more than 1 reason to laugh but this chuckling adventure that Cameron takes you on reminds us all how much we really struggle to simply be "a better person". And we forget that everyone else is in the same boat with not many life preservers, so it's sink or swim. Now, at work when I'm struggling to retain my "professional" demeanor, I think to myself, "What would Cameron do?", and then I have a little chuckle and it doesn't seem so bad after all. What a great book! Get it immediately, you won't put it down until you're done!
Date published: 2010-09-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read Ben and Me is a great read- it is highly accessible and creates real resonance with the reader. You often find yourself nodding your head in agreement or shaking your head in shared dismay about the ups and downs of everyday life. Although some might perceive this book as some sort of self-help, how-to-be-virtuous manual, in reality this is an account of a regular person's struggles and successes in trying to be a decent human being. Cameron's stumbles on the road to virtue make for an entertaining, touching, and highly realistic narrative. It helps us all remember that one of the keys to a good life is not taking ourselves too seriously.
Date published: 2010-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious - a must read Once I started reading this book I couldn't put it down until I had read it from cover to cover. I laughed out loud as I read about Cameron Gunn's struggles to live by Franklin's virtues and his efforts to improve himself. If you enjoy reading AJ Jacobs, you will thoroughly enjoy reading Cameron Gunn. This is an absolute must read if you want a good laugh and a little inspiration - buy the book!
Date published: 2010-09-29

Editorial Reviews

"Cameron Gunn did everything Ben Franklin advised-except marry a much older woman." -A.J. Jacobs, author of The Year of Living Biblically "Benjamin Franklin would adore this book! He'd chuckle and nod all the way through. Like Franklin's Autobiography, this is an insightful self-improvement guide wrapped in a delightful tale." -Walter Isaacson, author of Benjamin Franklin: An American Life and CEO of the Aspen Institute.