The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin (Google eBook)

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Penguin, May 31, 2005 - History - 320 pages
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From the most respected chronicler of the early days of the Republic—and winner of both the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes—comes a landmark work that rescues Benjamin Franklin from a mythology that has blinded generations of Americans to the man he really was and makes sense of aspects of his life and career that would have otherwise remained mysterious. In place of the genial polymath, self-improver, and quintessential American, Gordon S. Wood reveals a figure much more ambiguous and complex—and much more interesting. Charting the passage of Franklin’s life and reputation from relative popular indifference (his death, while the occasion for mass mourning in France, was widely ignored in America) to posthumous glory, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin sheds invaluable light on the emergence of our country’s idea of itself.


  

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A perfect introduction to Franklin for the uninitiated. - Goodreads
A smooth read: Wood's a clear writer. - Goodreads
The premise is simple. - Goodreads
Also, the writing was not particularly engaging. - Goodreads

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A few good nuggets but didn't care much for the way it was written. More like a high school or early university book. Read full review

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Interesting but seemed a bit fluffy Read full review

Contents

PREFACE
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
INTRODUCTION
ONE BECOMING A GENTLEMAN
TWO BECOMING A BRITISH IMPERIALIST
THREE BECOMING A PATRIOT
FOUR BECOMING A DIPLOMAT
FIVE BECOMING AN AMERICAN
NOTES
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
INDEX
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Copyright

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About the author (2005)

Gordon S. Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History Emeritus at Brown University and the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Radicalism of the American Revolution".

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