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Benjamin Franklin

An American Life
Isaacson, Walter (Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Benjamin Franklin
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Authors: Isaacson, Walter
Title: Benjamin Franklin
an American life
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2003
Characteristics: x, 590 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (some col.) ;,25 cm
ISBN: 0684807610
074325807X
Statement of Responsibility: Walter Isaacson
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [513]-566) and index
Subject Headings: United States Politics and government 1783-1789 United States Politics and government 1775-1783 Printers United States Biography Inventors United States Biography Scientists United States Biography Statesmen United States Biography Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
Topical Term: Printers
Inventors
Scientists
Statesmen
LCCN: 2003050463
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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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