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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

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Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us — an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings.

In bestselling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours.

The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself. America's first great publicist, he was consciously trying to create a new American archetype. In the process, he carefully crafted his own persona, portrayed it in public, and polished it for posterity. His guiding principle was a "dislike of everything that tended to debase the spirit of the common people." Few of his fellow founders felt this comfort with democracy so fully, and none so intuitively.

In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman, scientist, and Founding Father. He chronicles Franklin's tumultuous relationship with his illegitimate son and grandson, his practical marriage, and his flirtations with the ladies of Paris. He also shows how Franklin helped to create the American character and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.

Review:

"Isaacson...has a keen eye for the genius of a man whose fingerprints lie everywhere in our history. The oldest, most distinctive and multifaceted of the founders, Franklin remains as mysterious as Jefferson." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"[Franklin] remains an ideal American type — and one well served by this sympathetic and admiring study....a solid contribution to Frankliniana." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A]n admirable work that takes its place among recently acclaimed biographies by H.W. Brands and Edmund Morgan as one with special appeal to a general audience." Library Journal

Review:

"Isaacson has crafted a wonderfully written biography, and his treatment of Franklin's youth and rise to prominence is insightful and imaginative." John Ferling, The Washington Post

Synopsis:

This sweeping narrative chronicles the adventures of the spunky runaway apprentice who became, during his 84-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.

Synopsis:

In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of andlt;I andgt;Einstein andlt;/Iandgt;and andlt;I andgt;Steve Jobsandlt;/Iandgt;, shows how the most fascinating of America's founders helped define our national character.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 Franklinand#8217;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, Americaand#8217;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 andlt;Iandgt;Poor Richardand#8217;s Almanacandlt;/Iandgt; and the wisdom behind the Declaration of Independence, the new nationand#8217;s alliance with France, the treaty that ended the Revolution, and the compromises that created a near-perfect Constitution.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklinand#8217;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 the Author

Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of andlt;iandgt;Timeandlt;/iandgt; magazine. He is the author of andlt;Iandgt;Steve Jobsandlt;/Iandgt;; andlt;Iandgt;Einstein: His Life and Universeandlt;/Iandgt;; andlt;iandgt;Benjamin Franklin: An American Lifeandlt;/iandgt;; and andlt;iandgt;Kissinger: A Biographyandlt;/iandgt;, and the coauthor of andlt;iandgt;The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Madeandlt;/iandgt;. He lives in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS

CHAPTER ONE

Benjamin Franklin and the Invention of America

CHAPTER TWO

Pilgrim's Progress: Boston, 1706-1723

CHAPTER THREE

Journeyman: Philadelphia and London, 1723-1726

CHAPTER FOUR

Printer: Philadelphia, 1726-1732

CHAPTER FIVE

Public Citizen: Philadelphia, 1731-1748

CHAPTER SIX

Scientist and Inventor: Philadelphia, 1744-1751

CHAPTER SEVEN

Politician: Philadelphia, 1749-1756

CHAPTER EIGHT

Troubled Waters: London, 1757-1762

CHAPTER NINE

Home Leave: Philadelphia, 1763-1764

CHAPTER TEN

Agent Provocateur: London, 1765-1770

CHAPTER ELEVEN

Rebel: London, 1771-1775

CHAPTER TWELVE

Independence: Philadelphia, 1775-1776

CHAPTER THIRTEEN

Courtier: Paris, 1776-1778

CHAPTER FOURTEEN

Bon Vivant: Paris, 1778-1785

CHAPTER FIFTEEN

Peacemaker: Paris, 1778-1785

CHAPTER SIXTEEN

Sage: Philadelphia, 1785-1790

CHAPTER SEVENTEEN

Epilogue

CHAPTER EIGHTEEN

Conclusions

Cast of Characters

Chronology

Currency Conversions

Acknowledgments

Sources and Abbreviations

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780743258074
Author:
Isaacson, Walter
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Author:
Isaacson, Walter
Subject:
Political
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Scientists - Inventors
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
benjamin franklin bio, ben franklin bio, founding father, poor richard s almanac, franklin paris, declaration of independence, constitution, american revolution, steve jobs bio, einstein bio
Subject:
benjamin franklin bio, ben franklin bio, founding father, poor richard s almanac, franklin paris, declaration of independence, constitution, american revolution, philadelphia, steve jobs bio, einstein bio, the innovators, aspen institute
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B102
Publication Date:
June 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16pp 4/c insert
Pages:
608
Dimensions:
9.12x6.12x1.48 in. 1.73 lbs.

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Product details 608 pages Simon & Schuster - English 9780743258074 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Isaacson...has a keen eye for the genius of a man whose fingerprints lie everywhere in our history. The oldest, most distinctive and multifaceted of the founders, Franklin remains as mysterious as Jefferson."
"Review" by , "[Franklin] remains an ideal American type — and one well served by this sympathetic and admiring study....a solid contribution to Frankliniana."
"Review" by , "[A]n admirable work that takes its place among recently acclaimed biographies by H.W. Brands and Edmund Morgan as one with special appeal to a general audience."
"Review" by , "Isaacson has crafted a wonderfully written biography, and his treatment of Franklin's youth and rise to prominence is insightful and imaginative."
"Synopsis" by , This sweeping narrative chronicles the adventures of the spunky runaway apprentice who became, during his 84-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.
"Synopsis" by , In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of andlt;I andgt;Einstein andlt;/Iandgt;and andlt;I andgt;Steve Jobsandlt;/Iandgt;, shows how the most fascinating of America's founders helped define our national character.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;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 Franklinand#8217;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, Americaand#8217;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 andlt;Iandgt;Poor Richardand#8217;s Almanacandlt;/Iandgt; and the wisdom behind the Declaration of Independence, the new nationand#8217;s alliance with France, the treaty that ended the Revolution, and the compromises that created a near-perfect Constitution.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklinand#8217;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.
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