Becoming Ben Franklin by Russell Freedman
How a Candle-Maker's Son Helped Light the Flame of Liberty

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A superb addition to Freedman’s previous volumes on the Revolutionary period.


In 1723 Ben Franklin arrived in Philadelphia as a poor and friendless seventeen-year-old who had run away from his family and an apprenticeship in Boston. Sixty-two years later he stepped ashore in nearly the same spot but was greeted by cannons, bells, and a cheering crowd, now a distinguished statesman, renowned author, and world-famous scientist. Freedman's riveting story of how a rebellious apprentice became an American icon comes in an elegantly designed book filled with art and includes a timeline, source notes, bibliography, and index


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Russell Freedman grew up in San Francisco and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley. Russell Freedman (born 1929 in San Francisco) is a biographer and author of nearly 50 books for young people. He is most notable for receiving the 1988 Newbery Medal with his work Lincoln: A Photobiography. In 1998, he received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for his lifelong contribution to children's literature. He received one of the 2007 National Humanities Medals. He currently lives in New York City.
Published March 1, 2013 by Holiday House. 96 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books, Political & Social Sciences.
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on Mar 06 2013

A superb addition to Freedman’s previous volumes on the Revolutionary period.

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