Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
Simon and Schuster, 31.07.2003 - 608 Seiten
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - stevetempo - LibraryThing
I’ve read my share of Biographies and with out a doubt this is my favorite. Isaacson presents a clear and engaging narrative of celebration and illumination of Franklin’s life. I feel like I’ve know ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - CatsandCherryPie - LibraryThing
I agree with a previous reviewer that Franklin is my "spirit founding father"! A well written and well researched biography which I found easy and enjoyable to read. Vollständige Rezension lesen
Chapter Seventeen Epilogue
Chapter Eighteen Conclusions
Cast of Characters
Sources and Abbreviations
About the Author
A Note on Type
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