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Benjamin Franklin : An American Life - Walter Isaacson

Benjamin Franklin

An American Life

Paperback Published: 5th July 2004
ISBN: 9780743258074
Number Of Pages: 608

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Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us, the one who seems made of flesh rather than marble. In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson shows how the most fascinating of America's founders helped define our national character.

In a sweeping narrative that follows Franklin's life from Boston to Philadelphia to London and Paris and back, Isaacson chronicles the adventures of the spunky runaway apprentice who became, during his 84-year life, America's best writer, inventor, media baron, scientist, diplomat, and business strategist, as well as one of its most practical and ingenious political leaders. He explores the wit behind "Poor Richard's Almanac" and the wisdom behind the Declaration of Independence, the new nation's alliance with France, the treaty that ended the Revolution, and the compromises that created a near-perfect Constitution.

Above all, Isaacson shows how Franklin's unwavering faith in the wisdom of the common citizen and his instinctive appreciation for the possibilities of democracy helped to forge an American national identity based on the virtues and values of its middle class.

Industry Reviews

The Washington Post Book World The most readable full-length Franklin biography available.
The New Yorker Energetic, entertaining, and worldly.
The New York Times In its common sense, clarity and accessibility, it is a fitting reflection of Franklin's sly pragmatism....This may be the book that most powerfully drives a new pendulum swing of the Franklin reputation.
The New York Times Book Review A thoroughly researched, crisply written, convincingly argued chronicle.

Benjamin Franklin and the Invention of Americap. 1
Pilgrim's Progress: Boston, 1706-1723p. 5
Journeyman: Philadelphia and London, 1723-1726p. 36
Printer: Philadelphia, 1726-1732p. 52
Public Citizen: Philadelphia, 1731-1748p. 102
Scientist and Inventor: Philadelphia, 1744-1751p. 129
Politician: Philadelphia, 1749-1756p. 146
Troubled Waters: London, 1757-1762p. 175
Home Leave: Philadelphia, 1763-1764p. 206
Agent Provocateur: London, 1765-1770p. 219
Rebel: London, 1771-1775p. 252
Independence: Philadelphia, 1775-1776p. 290
Courtier: Paris, 1776-1778p. 325
Bon Vivant: Paris, 1778-1785p. 350
Peacemaker: Paris, 1778-1785p. 382
Sage: Philadelphia, 1785-1790p. 436
Epiloguep. 471
Conclusionsp. 476
Cast of Charactersp. 495
Chronologyp. 503
Currency Conversionsp. 506
Acknowledgmentsp. 507
Sources and Abbreviationsp. 510
Notesp. 515
Indexp. 563
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ISBN: 9780743258074
ISBN-10: 074325807X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 608
Published: 5th July 2004
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 3.8
Weight (kg): 0.79
Edition Number: 1

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