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Benjamin Franklin

An American Life

Isaacson, Walter

(Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Benjamin Franklin
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Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2003
ISBN: 0684807610
074325807X
Characteristics: x, 590 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,25 cm

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He was as essential as Washington, Jefferson, and Madison. Isaacson does a masterful job with this biography.

Sep 20, 2012
  • idmarsh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Excellent biography on this extraordinary man whose astonishing versatility and creativity produced important innovations in science, culture and politics.

Isaacson's work is thorough and balanced, bringing Franklin's many qualities to life, including his flaws.

I docked one star because of some unnecessary repetition, heavy use of unsubtle alliteration, and the reserving of about half the book's 500 pages to Franklin's role in the formation of the United States. Non-American readers may find the many other aspects of his life at least as interesting or more.

However, still a strongly recommended read.

Feb 11, 2012
  • midwestcoast rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Very interesting. Amazing a man can do so much in 80 years of life. Franklin was the first great American....

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