Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin

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Yale University
“The best short biography of Franklin ever written.”—Gordon S. Wood
Benjamin Franklin is perhaps the most remarkable figure in American history: the greatest statesman of his age, he played a pivotal role in the formation of the American republic. He was also a pioneering scientist, a bestselling author, the country’s first postmaster general, a printer, a bon vivant, a diplomat, a ladies’ man, and a moralist—and the most prominent celebrity of the eighteenth century.
Franklin was, however, a man of vast contradictions, as Edmund Morgan demonstrates in this brilliant biography. A reluctant revolutionary, Franklin had desperately wished to preserve the British Empire, and he mourned the break even as he led the fight for American independence. Despite his passion for science, Franklin viewed his groundbreaking experiments as secondary to his civic duties. And although he helped to draft both the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution, he had personally hoped that the new American government would take a different shape. Unraveling the enigma of Franklin’s character, Morgan shows that he was the rare individual who consistently placed the public interest before his own desires.
Written by one of our greatest historians, Benjamin Franklin offers a provocative portrait of America’s most extraordinary patriot.


Baker & Taylor
The author's award-winning portrait of this most American of American Founding Fathers introduces readers to the great contradictions and extraordinary accomplishments of this master statesman, scientist, inventor, businessman, author, and first postmaster of the nation. Reprint. (Biography)

Baker
& Taylor

Draws on Franklin's extensive writings to provide a portrait of the statesman, inventor, and Founding Father.

Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, [2002]
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780300101621
0300101627
9780300095326
0300095325
Branch Call Number: 973.3092 FRANK MORGA
Characteristics: xi, 339 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm

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