Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life Author Walter Isaacson
ISBN-10 074325807X
ISBN-13 9780743258074
Year 2004-06-01
Pages 586
Language English
Publisher Simon & Schuster
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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 Franklins 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 Americas 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 Richards Almanac and the wisdom behind the Declaration of Independence the new nations 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 Franklins amazing life showing how he helped to forge the American national identity and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty first century

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