Benjamin Franklin

An American Life
Isaacson, Walter (Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Benjamin Franklin
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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.
Authors: Isaacson, Walter
Title: Benjamin Franklin
an American life
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2003.
Characteristics: x, 590 p. :,ill. (some col.) ;,25 cm.
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ISBN: 0684807610
Statement of Responsibility: Walter Isaacson
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Headings: Printers United States Biography. Inventors United States Biography. Scientists United States Biography. United States Politics and government 1783-1789. United States Politics and government 1775-1783. Statesmen United States Biography. Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
Topical Term: Printers
LCCN: 2003050463
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He was as essential as Washington, Jefferson, and Madison. Isaacson does a masterful job with this biography.

Sep 20, 2012
  • idmarsh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent biography on this extraordinary man whose astonishing versatility and creativity produced important innovations in science, culture and politics.

Isaacson's work is thorough and balanced, bringing Franklin's many qualities to life, including his flaws.

I docked one star because of some unnecessary repetition, heavy use of unsubtle alliteration, and the reserving of about half the book's 500 pages to Franklin's role in the formation of the United States. Non-American readers may find the many other aspects of his life at least as interesting or more.

However, still a strongly recommended read.

Feb 11, 2012
  • midwestcoast rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very interesting. Amazing a man can do so much in 80 years of life. Franklin was the first great American....


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