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The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

Author: Gordon S Wood; Peter Johnson
Publisher: [Minneapolis, Minn.] : HighBridge Co., 2004.
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Ten years in the making, the new book from Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood reveals Benjamin Franklin's life and meaning. Why did Benjamin Franklin retire from business and become gentleman? Why did he admire the British Empire--and join the American Revolution? Why did he being writing his Autobiography when he did? And how did the "first American" become an American in the first place? Renowned  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Biography
Downloadable audiobooks
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)55530988
Named Person: Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin
Material Type: Biography, Document, Audio book, etc., Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Gordon S Wood; Peter Johnson
ISBN: 9781598873238 1598873237
OCLC Number: 124511387
Notes: Downloadable audio file.
Title from: Title details screen.
Unabridged.
Duration: 10:32:30.
Performer(s): Read by Peter Johnson.
Details: Requires OverDrive Media Console (file size: 151534 KB).; Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Responsibility: Gordon S. Wood.

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Ten years in the making, the new book from Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood reveals Benjamin Franklin's life and meaning. Why did Benjamin Franklin retire from business and become gentleman? Why did he admire the British Empire--and join the American Revolution? Why did he being writing his Autobiography when he did? And how did the "first American" become an American in the first place? Renowned historian Gordon S. Wood spent ten years studying a legend. In this untraditional biography, he penetrates beneath 200 years' accumulation of images and representations to find the historical Franklin. He places his subject's amazing life in its 18th century context an shatters forever the comforting stereotypes: homespun patriot, cracker-barrel philosopher, folksy founder, genial self-improver.

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