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Benjamin Franklin

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Walter Isaacson

Narrated By: Nelson Runger

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: March 2011

Duration: 25 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us -- an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings.
In bestselling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours.
The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself. America's first great publicist, he was consciously trying to create a new American archetype. In the process, he carefully crafted his own persona, portrayed it in public, and polished it for posterity. His guiding principle was a 'dislike of everything that tended to debase the spirit of the common people.' Few of his fellow founders felt this comfort with democracy so fully, and none so intuitively.
In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman, scientist, and Founding Father. He chronicles Franklin's tumultuous relationship with his illegitimate son and grandson, his practical marriage, and his flirtations with the ladies of Paris. He also shows how Franklin helped to create the American character and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.

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  • Dave Picinich

    I looked forward to this book every day. There was so much about Franklins life that I discovered. I also enjoyed the narration whereas he distinguishes between letters written by Franklin

  • Troy Hackerott

    This book is easily one of the best books I have listened to. Even though it is a long 24 hours I look forward to learning something every night when I turn it on for my nightly listening. The narrator does an incredible job of making you understand whether he is talking as Franklin, reading something he wrote, or simply narrating the book by his different tones and inflections.Excellent book with tons of philosophy, how-to, and insights into this brilliant mans life. Although he was brilliant in many facets of his life his family paid for that brilliance.

Benjamin Franklin

by Walter Isaacson

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