A study of the life of Benjamin Franklin and his influence on both American and world history. From his early days as a printer's apprentice to very nearly his last days, Benjamin Franklin's thirst for knowledge and his desire to share what he knew brought him into the forefront of a changing world.
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by H.W. Brands
"Working extempore from notes, Professor Brands seems in a hurry during these lectures--as well he should be; he has barely enough time to cover his subject. Franklin's capacious life spanned nearly the entire eighteenth century and encompassed diverse and complex elements, including politics, science, industry, and social economy. In fact, the amiable professor leaves out entire chunks of it. Nor do his assessments of his subject's character and motivations ring true. With two recent highly acclaimed biographies available, this deeply unsatisfying one is superfluous. Y.R. (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine"
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