Award-winning author Philip Dray delves into the lesser-known side of an American icon in Stealing God's Thunder. Benjamin Franklin, more often viewed as a statesman and founding father than as a man of science, challenged religion, science, and reason with his inventions. But in a time when everything was blamed on sin, it was the lightning rod- Franklin's attempt to control the heavens-that caused the greatest controversy.
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"This biography of Benjamin Franklin focuses on his work as a scientist, particularly his work as a pioneer in the field of electricity, his invention of the lightening rod, and his activities on the world stage of science in the eighteenth century. The straightforward biographical narrative leaves little room for creativity on the part of a narrator. However, David Chandler provides a near-flawless rendering. His excellent pacing conducts us through over eight decades of Franklin's life. This accomplished reader brings excitement to a history full of facts and dates. For students of the early days of the Republic, early research on electricity, and the life of this great statesman. M.C. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"
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