The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

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Doubleday, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 759 pages
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Drawing on previously unpublished letters, as well as the reminiscences and anecdotes of contemporaries, this thought-provoking biography captures the life and times of America's first Renaissance man, discussing Benjamin Franklin's diverse roles as a scientist, businessman, philosopher, writer, inventor, diplomat, politician, wit, and Founding Father. 35,000 first printing.

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Brands does an excellent job of bringing the many accomplishments of this fascinating genius to light, many of which were new to me. One example: using a bottle, a string, a cork and a thermometer, he ... Read full review

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Everyone has heard of Benjamin Franklin I am sure, but you really have to read this book. It will amaze you at what you have forgotten about him, and what you didn't know about this great American. You will laugh at some of the events of his life, cry and also wonder how he got away with things as a young teen. 


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H. W. Brands is a professor of history at Texas A&M University in Bryan, Texas. He is the author of T.R., the critically acclaimed biography of <b>Theodore Roosevelt, and The Reckless Decade: America in the 1890s,. He lives in Austin, Texas.

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