Ben Franklin: Inventing America

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Sterling Publishing Company, 2007 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 177 pages
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Perhaps more than even Washington, Jefferson, or Adams, Ben Franklin is the Founding Father who best exemplifies the authentic American spirit and values. Eminent historian Thomas Fleming paints a lively portrait of this self-made man blessed with a wealth of talents: a best-selling author, the most important newspaper publisher in America, and a world-renowned scientist and inventor before he took on the task of becoming the true "Father” of American independence. Fleming’s remarkable story of how Franklin worked behind the scenes to ensure the success of the American Revolution will inspire readers of all ages.
 

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Fleming’s Ben Franklin: Inventing America details the life and times of a man most influential to the shaping of America. Franklin was a man of many talents, boundless energy, and curiosity worthy of ... Read full review

Contents

The Apprentice
1
The Runaway
9
The Swimming Instructor
17
The Newspaperman
26
First Citizen of Philadelphia
33
Scientist and Inventor
39
The Postmaster
48
Father
55
Spokesman for Philadelphia
68
Persuader of Parliament
77
Agent
84
The Joker
94
The Revolutionary
102
Divided Family
112
Extraordinary Diplomat
134
Unifier
157

Frontiersman
60

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Thomas James Fleming was born in Jersey City, New Jersey on July 5, 1927. During World War II, he served on the cruiser Topeka. He graduated from Fordham University in 1950. He worked as a reporter for The Herald-Statesman in Yonkers and as the executive editor of Cosmopolitan magazine. In 1958, he was asked to write an article for Cosmopolitan about the Battle of Bunker Hill. This assignment led to his writing his first non-fiction book Now We Are Enemies. He wrote almost 50 fiction and non-fiction books during his lifetime. His novels include All Good Men, The Officers' Wives, and Dreams of Glory. His non-fiction book included Duel: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and the Future of America; The Intimate Lives of the Founding Fathers; The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson That Defined a Nation; and The Strategy of Victory: How General George Washington Won the American Revolution. In 2005, he wrote a memoir entitled Mysteries of My Father. He died on July 23, 2017 at the age of 90.

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