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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

von Walter Isaacson

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Chronicles the founding father's life and his multiple careers as a shopkeeper, writer, inventor, media baron, scientist, diplomat, business strategist, and political leader, while showing how his faith in the wisdom of the common citizen helped to forge an American national identity based on the virtues of its middle class.… (mehr)
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
  TorontoOratorySPN | Aug 31, 2022 |
I really enjoyed the two previous biographies of Isaacson's that I've read: his Albert Einstein one, which was very relevant to my interests, and the Steve Jobs one, which was fascinating even if its subject was unpleasant as a person. I didn't find this one quite as engaging, but I think that's mostly because this piece of history was of somewhat less interest to me. And being the particular sort of nerd I am, I'd have preferred reading more about the electricity and less about the diplomacy, but I'm fully aware that that's not going to be most people's priority in a Benjamin Franklin bio. I also admit that, as an American, I find myself getting sort of twitchy these days when reading about the origins of my country, because so much of where we've evolved from those origins seems so deeply dysfunctional to me. But, hey, that's hardly Walter Isaacson's fault. It's probably not even very much Benjamin Franklin's fault.

Anyway, all that having been said, this is still a good biography. Well-researched, thorough, and readable, with some interesting analysis from the author (especially at the end), but not too much editorializing, overall. I certainly do feel like I learned quite a bit about Franklin, and got a much better sense of who he actually was as a person, rather than as a myth or a pop culture caricature. Which I do appreciate, especially as someone who grew up within a stone's throw of Philadelphia, where Franklin's name and face seemed to be everywhere.

Anyway. If you're interested in reading a biography of Benjamin Franklin, this is probably exactly the book you want. ( )
1 abstimmen bragan | Jun 26, 2022 |
I’ve read my share of Biographies and with out a doubt this is my favorite. Isaacson presents a clear and engaging narrative of celebration and illumination of Franklin’s life. I feel like I’ve know Ben Franklin all my life. I especially liked the summary at the end, where Isaacson recounts how Franklin is looked upon and considered in the years after his lifetime. He also brings it all together regarding the essence of Franklin in such a beautiful way. Highly! Highly! Recommended. ( )
  stevetempo | Jun 3, 2022 |
This is a well written biography that kept me wanting to turn the page throughout. Isaacson does well to develop the full character of Franklin; from his industrious, scientific and philanthropic strengths, to his real and perceived weaknesses.

Whether you choose to like or dislike the man (overall I choose the former) there is no doubt that this Democratic Republic would never have been as free or as strong (if successful at all) had not Benjamin Franklin been there laying the foundation. ( )
  282Mikado | Apr 13, 2022 |
I agree with a previous reviewer that Franklin is my "spirit founding father"! A well written and well researched biography which I found easy and enjoyable to read. ( )
  CatsandCherryPie | Nov 12, 2021 |
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Chronicles the founding father's life and his multiple careers as a shopkeeper, writer, inventor, media baron, scientist, diplomat, business strategist, and political leader, while showing how his faith in the wisdom of the common citizen helped to forge an American national identity based on the virtues of its middle class.

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