Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN is vividly written and packed with quotable anecdotes. Isaacson has mined Franklin's writings for all sorts of juicy tidbits and spread them out for us like dishes at a delightful picnic buffet.
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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.
 

About Walter Isaacson

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Walter Isaacson, presidente del Instituto Aspen, ha sido presidente de la CNN y director ejecutivo de la revista Time. Es autor de Einstein, su vida y su universo, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life y Kissinger: A Biography, y es coautor, con Evan Thomas, de The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. Vive con su esposa en Washington, D.C.
 
Published July 31, 2003 by Simon & Schuster. 608 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, War. Non-fiction
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Above average
on Jun 24 2010

A little less sophisticated than H.W. Brands’s The First American, but a solid contribution to Frankliniana all the same.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Bruce Kratofil on Nov 30 2008

...I recommend this book. It will fill in the gaps in Franklin's life between the well-known fragments that you already know, plus give another look at the critical years in the founding of the United States.

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Good
Reviewed by Robert Finn on Jan 21 2011

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN is vividly written and packed with quotable anecdotes. Isaacson has mined Franklin's writings for all sorts of juicy tidbits and spread them out for us like dishes at a delightful picnic buffet.

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