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The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

By: H.W. Brands
Published: 2002, ©2000
Pages: 765
Total Copies: 16
Genre: Nonfiction | Biographies & Memoirs | Presidents & Politics | Wars, American Revolution

Description: 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.

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