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Benjamin Franklin : an American life

Author: Walter Isaacson
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Isaacson
ISBN: 0684807610 9780684807614 0965042634 9780965042635
OCLC Number: 52090968
Performer(s): Read by Boyd Gaines.
Description: x, 590 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
Contents: Benjamin Franklin and the invention of America --
Pilgrim's progress: Boston, 1706-1723 --
Journeyman: Philadelphia and London, 1723-1726 --
Printer: Philadelphia, 1726-1732 --
Public citizen: Philadelphia, 1731-1748 --
Scientist and inventor: Philadelphia, 1744-1751 --
Politician: Philadelphia, 1749-1756 --
Troubled waters: London, 1757-1762 --
Home leave: Philadelphia, 1763-1764 --
Agent provocateur: London, 1765-1770 --
Rebel: London, 1771-1775 --
Independence: Philadelphia, 1775-1776 --
Courtier: Paris, 1776-1778 --
Bon vivant: Paris, 1778-1785 --
Peacemaker: Paris, 1778-1785 --
Sage: Philadelphia, 1785-1790 --
Epilogue --
Conclusions --
Cast of characters --
Chronology --
Currency conversions.
Responsibility: Walter Isaacson.
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