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The first American

the life and times of Benjamin Franklin

1st ed.
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This edition was published in by Doubleday in New York.

Written in English

759 pages

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 Drawing on previously unpublished letters and a host of other sources, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands has written a thoroughly engaging biography of the eighteenth-century genius.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.

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The First American

the life and times of Benjamin Franklin

First published in 2000



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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 Drawing on previously unpublished letters and a host of other sources, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands has written a thoroughly engaging biography of the eighteenth-century genius.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.

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Library of Congress E302.6.F8 B83 2000
Dewey 973.3/092, B

The first American

the life and times of Benjamin Franklin

1st ed.

This edition was published in by Doubleday in New York.


Edition Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. [717]-742) and index.

Genre
Biography

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
973.3/092, B
Library of Congress
E302.6.F8 B83 2000

The Physical Object

Pagination
vi, 759 p. ;
Number of pages
759

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL23244764M
Internet Archive
firstamericanlif00bran
ISBN 10
0385493282
LC Control Number
00027930
Library Thing
13842
Goodreads
1497470

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