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Drawing on previously unpublished letters, as well as the reminiscences and anecdotes of contemporaries, this thought-provoking biography captures the life and times of America's first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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I don't typically read biographies, but was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable and readable this book is. Granted, there were many passages I had to read over several times, but this was primarily ... Read full review

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Very detailed life of Franklin. Although a slow read at times, it was full of wonderful information that helped me better understand this American legend. Read full review


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About the author (2000)

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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