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   Benjamin Franklin
An American Life
by Walter Isaacson
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Categories: History - United States - 1700s | Memoirs & Biographies - Historical
Code: 2668 |  ISBN: 074325807X |  608 pp. |  Publication Date: 2004
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Trade Paperback
About this book
This sweeping narrative chronicles the adventures of the spunky runaway apprentice who became, during 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. Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us, the one who seems made of flesh rather than marble. Walter Isaacson follows Franklin's life from Boston to Philadelphia to London and Paris and back. He explores the wit behind "Poor Richard's Almanac and the wisdom behind the Declaration of Independence, the 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.

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