Benjamin Franklin: An American Life Paperback – Bargain Price, June 1, 2004 by Walter Isaacson

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life Paperback – Bargain Price, June 1, 2004 by Walter Isaacson

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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Book Overview

During his 84-year life Benjamin Franklin was America's best scientist, inventor, publisher, business strategist, diplomat, and writer. He was also one of its most practical political thinkers. America's first great publicist, he carefully crafted his own persona, portrayed it in public and polished it for posterity. In this riveting new biography Walter Isaacson provides readers with a full portrait of Franklin's public and private life - his loyal but neglected wife, his bastard son with whom he broke over going to war with England, his endless replacement families and his many amorous, but probably unconsummated, liaisons. But this is not just a biography of Benjamin Franklin but rather a fascinating look at American and European political history at that time. Isaacson examines the run up to the Revolutionary War, the intimate relations between Britain, France and the colonies and the decisive events that led to America's independence. Just as David McCullough brought life to the historic figure of John Adams, Isaacson portrays Franklin in the flesh, showing readers how this radical man helped define America's national character and personality.

About the Author

Walter Isaacson, a professor of history at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chair of CNN, and editor of Time. He is the author of Leonardo da VinciThe Innovators; Steve JobsEinstein: His Life and UniverseBenjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. Visit him at Isaacson.Tulane.edu.
Format:Paperback
Language:English
ISBN:074325807X
ISBN13:9780743258074
Release Date:June 2004
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Length:608 Pages
Weight:1.80 lbs.
Format:Hardcover
Language:English
ISBN:0684807610
ISBN13:9780684807614
Release Date:July 2003
Publisher:Simon & Schuster
Length:608 Pages
Weight:2.07 lbs.