Benjamin Franklin

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Penguin Books, 1991 - Biography & Autobiography - 845 pages
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From Benjamin Franklin's beginnings as a journalist at age sixteen to his retirement from public affairs at eighty-two, there was no break in his activity and accomplishments. As a writer, inventor, and statesman, he was--and still is--unsurpassed by anyone in the range of his natural gifts and the important uses to which he put them.

In this monumental biography, which won the Pulitzer Prize when first published in 1939, Carl Van Doren incorporates materials from Franklin's letters, manuscripts, journals, and published works to give the most accurate and comprehensive portrait ever written of this great American.

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User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

More work than fun. Franklin is an amazing man, but this is not an amazing book. Truman the man was not half as interesting as Franklin the man, but Truman the book (by McCullough) is twice as interesting as this book! If you're interested in Franklin, find a different book. Read full review

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User Review  - Brian - Goodreads

Still my favorite biography of Franklin (other than the Autobiography). Very long, but generally a pleasure to read. Read full review


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