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Publisher Description

Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Benjamin Franklin, perhaps the pivotal figure in colonial and revolutionary America, comes vividly to life in this masterly biography. Wit, diplomat, scientist, philosopher, businessman, inventor, and bon vivant, Benjamin Franklin was in every respect America’s first Renaissance man. From penniless runaway to highly successful printer, from ardently loyal subject of Britain to architect of an alliance with France that ensured America’s independence, Franklin went from obscurity to become one of the world’s most admired figures, whose circle included the likes of Voltaire, Hume, Burke, and Kant.
   Drawing on previously unpublished letters and a host of other sources, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands has written a thoroughly engaging biography of the eighteenth-century genius. A much needed reminder of Franklin’s greatness and humanity, The First American is a work of meticulous scholarship that provides a magnificent tour of a legendary historical figure, a vital era in American life, and the countless arenas in which the protean Franklin left his legacy.

GENRE
Biographies & Memoirs
RELEASED
2000
September 19
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
768
Pages
PUBLISHER
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
8.7
MB

Customer Reviews

Halo7 ,

Can't Put it Down!!!

H.W. Brands has created a very readable book about Benjamin Franklin. I could almost know what this great man was thinking during this crucial period of our history.

Psil34 ,

The first American

Don't bother unless you have a dictionary near by. I had to look up two words a sentence. Not sure who the Author was writing to.

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