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Bestseller Ebook Benjamin Franklin: An American Life published Benjamin Franklin is the Founding Father who winks at us An ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings, he seems made of flesh rather than of marble In bestselling author Walter Isaacson s vivid and witty full scale biography, we discover why Franklin seems to turn to us from history s stage with eyesBenjamin Franklin is the Founding Father who winks at us An ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings, he seems made of flesh rather than of marble In bestselling author Walter Isaacson s vivid and witty full scale biography, we discover why Franklin seems to turn to us from history s stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new fangled spectacles By bringing Franklin to life, Isaacson shows how he helped to define both his own time and ours He was, during his 84 year life, America s best scientist, inventor, diplomat, writer, and business strategist, and he was also one of its most practical though not most profound political thinkers He proved by flying a kite that lightning was electricity, and he invented a rod to tame it He sought practical ways to make stoves less smoky and commonwealths less corrupt He organized neighborhood constabularies and international alliances, local lending libraries and national legislatures He combined two types of lenses to create bifocals and two concepts of representation to foster the nation s federal compromise He was the only man who shaped all the founding documents of America the Albany Plan of Union, the Declaration of Independence, the treaty of alliance with France, the peace treaty with England, and the Constitution And he helped invent America s unique style of homespun humor, democratic values, and philosophical pragmatism But the most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself America s first great publicist, he was, in his life and in his writings, consciously trying to create a new American archetype In the process, he carefully crafted his own persona, portrayed it in public, and polished it for posterity Through it all, he trusted the hearts and minds of his fellow leather aprons than he did those of any inbred elite He saw middle class values as a source of social strength, not as something to be derided His guiding principle was a dislike of everything that tended to debase the spirit of the common people Few of his fellow founders felt this comfort with democracy so fully, and none so intuitively In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin s amazing life, from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman, scientist, and Founding Father He chronicles Franklin s tumultuous relationship with his illegitimate son and grandson, his practical marriage, and his flirtations with the ladies of Paris He also shows how Franklin helped to create the American character and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty first century.. Good Book Benjamin Franklin: An American Life If Alexander Hamilton is one of the most underappreciated of the Founders then Benjamin Franklin is one of the most misunderstood. Isaacson ends his book with a concluding chapter that details this misundestanding. Throughout history each generation has taken a new look at Benjamin Franklin. As the author points out, Thoreau mocked him, Carnegie adored him and D.H. Lawrence despised him. So who was right, and why? Isaacson, while pointing out his faults and follies, does not hide his own admiration for Franklin. An interesting historical test is to consider that Franklin's style and personal life often overshadow his professional accomplishments and civic contributions. Because he lived apart from his wife, flirted with women, wrote about the science of farts and beget an illigitimate child the general public has ignored his historical importance. Rather than donning the frills and wigs of Paris, a trap Jefferson quickly fell into, Franklin purposefully wore plain suits, no wig and often times his famous fur hat. A man who set trends without trying, one of Franklin's greatest gifts was the ability to accomplish great things without anyone else realizing it. His feigned naivite, strategic avoidance of conflict and simple appearance made him the perfect man to discover electricity and promote the lightning rod; propose a union of the colonies in 1759; negotiate for the repeal of the Stamp Act; carve out a treaty with and multiple loans from France; negotiate peace with Britain; champion the Connecticut compromise for a bi-cameral legislature, one with representation based on population, the other with equal representation frome each state; and propose the complete abolition of slavery.Isaacson makes clear, and he is quite convincing, that while Franklin had his faults, he was revered in his own time, accomplished as much or more than any other Founder, and deserves to be considerd as one of America's most historically important statesman. Franklin's personal creed was that doing good things for others was the ultimate form of religion. In life and in death (in his will he set up a trust fund for young tradesman in Philadelphia and Boston) he practiced his religion dutifully. A religion that we in America would do well to retrieve.
Benjamin Franklin Biography, Inventions Facts HISTORY Oct , One of the leading figures of early American history, Benjamin Franklin was a statesman, author, publisher, scientist, inventor and Benjamin Franklin An American Life Jun , 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 Benjamin Franklin Biography, Inventions, Facts Benjamin Franklin, also called Ben Franklin, pseudonym Richard Saunders, born January January , Old Style , , Boston, Massachusetts U.S died April , , Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S , American printer and publisher, author, inventor and scientist, and diplomat. Benjamin Franklin An American Life Benjamin Franklin An American Life by Walter Isaacson Jul , Benjamin Franklin is the Founding Father who winks at us An ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings, he seems made of flesh rather than of marble. Who was Ben Franklin Benjamin Franklin Historical Society Benjamin Franklin was America s scientist,inventor, politician, philanthropistand business man He is best known as the only Founding Father who signed all three documents that freed America from Britain Franklin is credited with drafting the Declaration of Independenceand the American Constitution.