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The First American: The Life and times of Benjamin Franklin

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He was the foremost American of his day, yet today he is little more than a mythic caricature in the public imagination. Benjamin Franklin, perhaps "the "pivotal figure in colonial and revolutionary America, comes vividly to life in this masterly biography.

Wit, diplomat, scientist, philosopher, businessman, inventor, and bon vivant, Benjamin Franklin was in every respect America's first Renaissance man. From penniless runaway to highly successful printer, from ardently loyal subject of Britain to architect of an alliance with France that ensured America's independence, Franklin went from obscurity to become one of the world's most admired figures, whose circle included the likes of Voltaire, Hume, Burke, and Kant. Drawing on previously unpublished letters and a host of other sources, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands has written a thoroughly engaging biography of the eighteenth-century genius. A much needed reminder of Franklin's greatness and humanity, The First American" "is a work of meticulous scholarship that provides a magnificent tour of a legendary historical figure, a vital era in American life, and the countless arenas in which the protean Franklin left his legacy.

"From the Trade Paperback edition."

About the Author

H. W. Brands is Distinguished Professor of History at Texas A&M University. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307754943
Subtitle:
The Life and times of Benjamin Franklin
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Author:
Brands, H. W.
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Historical - General
Publication Date:
20100526
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
784

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