Franklin: The Essential Founding Father

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 24, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 450 pages
Historian and biographer James Srodes tells Benjamin Franklin's incredible life story, making full use of the previously neglected Franklin papers to provide the most riveting account yet of the journalist, scientist, polilician, and unlikely adventurer. From London, Paris, Philadelphia to his numerous romantic liaisons, Franklin's life becomes a panorama of dramatic history.

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Title Page Dedication Preface
Traits and Prospects
Hope and Glory
The Pursuit of Virtue
Rising Citizen
The Eminent Mr Franklin
Join or
The Death of a Dream
To the Brink of
Declaring for Liberty
The Diplomacy of
Winning Recognition
Dismal Days
The Final Round

First Blood
A New Nemesis
Degrees and Separation
Rejection and Return
Back to London
Countdown to Revolution
The Struggle for Peace
Home at Last

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James Srodes was an American journalist and author. In 2015 and 2016, the Virginia Press Association awarded Srodes its first prize for critical writing for his series of book reviews for The Washington Times.

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