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

Author: Stacy Schiff; Susan Denaker
Publisher: Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, ℗2005.
Edition/Format:   Audiobook on CD : CD audio : English : Library edView all editions and formats
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""In December 1776, a small boat delivered an old man to France." So begins a dazzling narrative account of Benjamin Franklin's French mission, the most exacting-- and momentous-- eight years of his life. When Franklin embarked, the colonies were without money, munitions, gunpowder, or common cause; like all adolescents, they were to discover that there was a difference between declaring independence and achieving  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Audiobooks
Named Person: Benjamin Franklin; Benjamin Franklin
Material Type: Audio book, etc.
Document Type: Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Stacy Schiff; Susan Denaker
ISBN: 1415919836 9781415919835
OCLC Number: 57552355
Notes: Subtitle from container.
Unabridged.
Compact disc.
Performer(s): Read by Susan Denaker.
Description: 18 audio discs (72 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Responsibility: Stacy Schiff.

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""In December 1776, a small boat delivered an old man to France." So begins a dazzling narrative account of Benjamin Franklin's French mission, the most exacting-- and momentous-- eight years of his life. When Franklin embarked, the colonies were without money, munitions, gunpowder, or common cause; like all adolescents, they were to discover that there was a difference between declaring independence and achieving it. To close that gap Franklin was dispatched to Paris, amid great secrecy, across a winter sea thick with enemy cruisers. He was seventy years old, without any diplomatic training, and possessed of the most rudimentary French. He was also among the most famous men in the world. Franklin well understood he was off on the greatest gamble of his career. But despite minimal direction from Congress he was soon outwitting the British secret service and stirring a passion for a republic in an absolute monarchy. In A Great Improvisation, Stacy Schiff offers an utterly fresh and thrilling account of Franklin's Parisian adventure and of America's debut on the world stage. Schiff weaves her tale of international intrigue from new and little-known primary sources, working from a host of diplomatic archives, family papers, and intelligence reports. From her pages emerges a particularly human Founding Father, as well as a vivid sense of how fragile, improvisational, and international was our country's bid for independence"--Container.

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