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Historian and biographer James Srodes tells Benjamin Franklin s incredible life story, making full use of the previously neglected Franklin papers to provide the most riveting account yet of the journalist, scientist, polilician, and unlikely adventurer From London, Paris, Philadelphia to his numerous romantic liaisons, Franklin s life becomes a panorama of dramatic history....

Title : Franklin: The Essential Founding Father
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ISBN : 0895261634
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Regnery History First Edition, 2nd Printing edition April 2002
Number of Pages : 435 pages
File Size : 664 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Franklin: The Essential Founding Father Reviews

  • 32434
    2018-10-06 21:48

    I enthusiastically purchased this book as a brief (400+) page biography about Ben Franklin about three months ago. I did not like the book. It is hard to read and does not really focus on Franklin but more on the events surrounding his life.

  • Eric G. Anderson
    2018-09-23 01:48

    Great

  • maddy
    2018-10-08 19:38

    This was written in a style which kept my attention. I especially appreciate that Mr. Franklin's immense contribution to Americans is shared here. I have added Mr. Srodes to my list of favorite writers. However, I have a hard time believing he wasn't more spiritual than shown. For this reason only, I did not give it five stars.

  • M D Sutton
    2018-10-09 23:04

    Very detail-oriented. Betcha there are dozens of character traits about this founding father you'd never guess. Quirky? BRILLIANT!

  • Penny Robichaux-Koontz
    2018-09-29 22:51

    Great Book. Important information - Honor - Faith and corresponding action. Recommend to all Americans

  • Mercedes Rochelle
    2018-10-15 21:50

    James Strodes has given us a very readable and balanced biography of this great man. Franklin was no angel; his family life was a shambles while he kept busy working on behalf of his country. His wife wouldn’t cross the ocean so when he went to Britain as ambassador, she was left at home for the last several years of her life; he didn’t even make it back when he learned she was dying. His son became governor of New Jersey and refused to join the rebellion, so Franklin pretty much disowned him. Some of his methods may have been questionable along the way, but I don’t think his loyalty to America ever wavered. We see Franklin as a restless, driven man—brilliant, well-spoken, constantly in search of more learning. He loved Great Britain and France and hobnobbed with the great minds of his time. Where Franklin went, people payed attention. Alas, like any man in the forefront of politics he had his enemies, and during the first half of the book he struggled against his nemesis Thomas Penn (son of William Penn), proprietor of the Pennsylvania colony.

  • Leon Czikowsky
    2018-09-16 01:39

    This is an excellently researched and written book. Recently discovered documents, unseen for centuries, allow the author to more fully describe Franklin's critical role as a diplomat. This is a thorough biography that shows us the many sides of Franklin: as politician, as Scientist, as inventor, and as a most important figure in the creation of our nation.

  • LEON L CZIKOWSKY
    2018-10-09 17:39

    This is an excellently researched and written book. Recently discovered documents, unseen for centuries, allow the author to more fully describe Franklin's critical role as a diplomat. This is a thorough biography that shows us the many sides of Franklin: as politician, as Scientist, as inventor, and as a most important figure in the creation of our nation.