Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
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... show more
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.
Publish date: June 1st 2004
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Pages no: 586
Edition language: English
, Non Fiction
, American History
This was a pleasure and just the kind of biography I find trustworthy. The kind that acknowledges other views and controversies and with extensive notes and sources in the back. More than that, it's the rare biography that can inspire smiles and even giggles--I'd mark this up to five stars if I coul...
I bought the electronic version of this book and will be reading it on my Cybook
ETA: I decided to change this to four stars since I enjoyed the author's Einstein even more, and I gave that four.***********************Why do YOU want to pick up a book about Benjamin Franklin? If you want his biographical details you need not even read a book, just check out Wikipedia. I wanted m...
A solid biography of Benjamin Franklin that does justice to all aspects of his life. I enjoyed this read and although I already knew the overarching story, I learned what felt like dozens of anecdotes about Franklin and his life. I especially enjoyed the parts about his printing business and his s...
The best biography I've read on one of my favorite persons in U.S. history to read about. Benjamin Franklin was a unique and talented individual. He was a scientist, inventor, business entrepreneur, and writer. There are many fascinating facts that I read about Benjamin Franklin. Some I did not know...