The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

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Penguin, May 31, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 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
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In The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, Gordon S. Wood writes to educate the readers about one of the United States' most prolific founders. He states that the views many people have of Benjamin ... Read full review

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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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Gordon S. Wood is Alva O. Way University Professor and Professor of History at Brown University.

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