In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Einstein and Steve Jobs, shows how the most fascinating of America's founders helped define our national character.
Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us, the one who seems made of flesh rather than marble. In a sweeping narrative that follows Franklin’s life from Boston to Philadelphia to London and Paris and back, Walter Isaacson chronicles the adventures of the runaway apprentice who became, over the course of his eighty-four-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.
In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin’s amazing life, showing how he helped to forge the American national identity and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.
The most important person I have ever read about.
He lived a life that was uncompromising to his beliefs. He was always open to learning from anyone, even his greats critic. While always keeping in mind his flaws. I don't believe the United States would have been realized without him.
It's unforgivable to have the chapter labeled as tracks 1-38. Please update the book with chapters. Track numbers are not helpful!
The introduction to the audiobook was read by one of the most beautiful voices I’ve heard on audiobooks. I prayed, “please let this be the narrator.” My prayer was not answered. The narrator is awful. What makes it worse is the lack of editing. They left in every single mouth click and didn’t edit the transitions nearly enough. For the money, I’m infuriated. If it were half the price that it is, I wouldn’t care as much, but this?! Ridiculous.
Move the top off your mouth to the bottom with your tongue in the middle up and down making a macking sound. That's what it sounds like when this guy pauses. Other than that it was a quality book