RT Book, Whole DB /z-wcorg/ DS http://worldcat.org ID 213479993 LA English T1 Benjamin Franklin and the politics of improvement A1 Houston, Alan Craig,, PB Yale University Press PP New Haven YR 2008 SN 9780300124477 0300124473 AB This fascinating book explores Benjamin Franklin's social and political thought. Although Franklin is often considered "the first American," his intellectual world was cosmopolitan. An active participant in eighteenth-century Atlantic debates over the modern commercial republic, Franklin combined abstract analyses with practical proposals. Houston treats Franklin as shrewd, creative and engaged- a lively thinker who joined both learned controversies and political conflicts at home and abroad. -- From book cover.