Benjamin Franklin

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Yale University Press, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 339 pages
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The greatest statesman of his age, Benjamin Franklin was also a pioneering scientist, a successful author, the first American postmaster general, a printer and a bon vivant. In addition, he was a man of vast contradictions. This biography offers a compact and provocative portrait of America's most extraordinary patriot.
 

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This is an excellent biography, written about someone who is arguably one of the most important men in the history of the United States. Benjamin Franklin was a fascinating person who made incredible contributions to this country and to the world, as a scientist, author, and community organizer to statesman; to read about his many accomplishments is truly mind-boggling. Edmund Sears Morgan does a terrific job of chronicling his life and work in this very well-written book, and it is a must-read for anyone interested in gaining some perspective not only of the man, but also about U.S. and world history. This book is suitable for students in the upper grades—more advanced middle school students and definitely high school students—as well as adults 

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Contents

An Exciting World
1
A Dangerous Man
47
An Empire of Englishmen
71
Proprietary Pretensions
104
The Importance of Opinion
145
Endgame
189
Becoming American
220
Representing a Nation of States
242
A Difficult Peace
272
Going Home
298
Chronology
315
Some of the People in Franklins Life
317
Notes
323
Credits
333
Index
335
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