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Benjamin Franklin and the invention of America : 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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Presents a portrait of Benjamin Franklin as a scientist, inventor, diplomat, writer, business strategist, and statesman while tracing his life as one of America's Founding Fathers.
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Isaacson
ISBN: 0684807610 9780684807614
OCLC Number: 78376303
Description: 590 pages : color illustrations
Contents: Contents Chapter One Benjamin Franklin and the Invention of America Chapter Two Pilgrim's Progress: Boston, 1706-1723 Chapter Three Journeyman: Philadelphia and London, 1723-1726 Chapter Four Printer: Philadelphia, 1726-1732 Chapter Five Public Citizen: Philadelphia, 1731-1748 Chapter Six Scientist and Inventor: Philadelphia, 1744-1751 Chapter Seven Politician: Philadelphia, 1749-1756 Chapter Eight Troubled Waters: London, 1757-1762 Chapter Nine Home Leave: Philadelphia, 1763-1764 Chapter Ten Agent Provocateur: London, 1765-1770 Chapter Eleven Rebel: London, 1771-1775 Chapter Twelve Independence: Philadelphia, 1775-1776 Chapter Thirteen Courtier: Paris, 1776-1778 Chapter Fourteen Bon Vivant: Paris, 1778-1785 Chapter Fifteen Peacemaker: Paris, 1778-1785 Chapter Sixteen Sage: Philadelphia, 1785-1790 Chapter Seventeen Epilogue Chapter Eighteen Conclusions Cast of Characters Chronology Currency Conversions Acknowledgments Sources and Abbreviations Notes Index
Responsibility: Walter Isaacson.

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