that is not only a story of one person, it is the story of the nation. As always, Walter Isaacson beautifully described every significance of Benjamin Franklin. I just loved it.
A revealing look at an intriguing man and a national savior: Benjamin Franklin's whole life was dedicated to helping the common man and to establishing the democratic republic of the United States. Isaacson's biography removes both the cartoonish image of Franklin the inventor and the idea that perhaps he was something other than a man like any other man--not without flaws. Isaacson's defense of Franklin's legacy at the end of the book was redundant, for me, because that legacy was clinched in one sentence: "He was the only person to sign all four of [America's] founding papers: the Declaration of Independence, the treaty with France [that brought their assistance to the cause], the peace accord with Britain, and the Constitution." He didn't, of course just sign them. He shaped them. He is very much the founding father, in my opinion.
He was as essential as Washington, Jefferson, and Madison. Isaacson does a masterful job with this biography.
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.
Very interesting. Amazing a man can do so much in 80 years of life. Franklin was the first great American....
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