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A great improvisation : Franklin, France, and the birth of America

Author: Stacy Schiff; Susan Denaker; Books on Tape, Inc.
Publisher: New York : Books on Tape, [2008]
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : EnglishView all editions and formats
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'In December of 1776 a small boat delivered an old man to France.' So begins an enthralling narrative account of how Benjamin Franklin--seventy years old, without any diplomatic training, and possessed of the most rudimentary French--convinced France, an absolute monarchy, to underwrite America's experiment in democracy. When Franklin stepped onto French soil, he well understood he was embarking on the greatest  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Downloadable audiobooks
Additional Physical Format: (OCoLC)57552355
Named Person: Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin
Material Type: Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Stacy Schiff; Susan Denaker; Books on Tape, Inc.
ISBN: 9781415953266 1415953260
OCLC Number: 216931027
Notes: Downloadable audio file.
Title from: Title details screen.
Unabridged.
Duration: 21:57:15.
Performer(s): Read by Susan Denaker.
Details: Requires OverDrive Media Console (file size: 315570 KB).; Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Responsibility: Stacy Schiff.

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'In December of 1776 a small boat delivered an old man to France.' So begins an enthralling narrative account of how Benjamin Franklin--seventy years old, without any diplomatic training, and possessed of the most rudimentary French--convinced France, an absolute monarchy, to underwrite America's experiment in democracy. When Franklin stepped onto French soil, he well understood he was embarking on the greatest gamble of his career. By virtue of fame, charisma, and ingenuity, Franklin outmaneuvered British spies, French informers, and hostile colleagues; engineered the Franco-American alliance of l778; and helped to negotiate the peace of l783. The eight-year French mission stands not only as Franklin's most vital service to his country but as the most revealing of the man.

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