I found this book an insightful addition to my understanding of revolutionary America. The author is very much a Fraklin-phile.
A blantant attempt on the part of a connected CEO to take advantage of the current day interest in the founding of the country. Reads like a Cliff Notes written by a competent college junior. No comparison to John Adams or Founding Brothers.
I was looking for a book that would give a more in depth account of his life. This book scratched the surface on some parts but totally glossed over portions that may have been significant to his life. No mention at all about being a Freemason. I can't trust an author that leaves out basic information like that in a biography.
I got 3 chapters into this before I realized it was an abridged version. Which explained why it seemed to be devoid of character and detail. I've returned it and am looking forward to listening to the full text.
Love La More. He is my favorite western writer. I grew up reading his books when I was a kid and he opened up a entirely new world to me through knowledge of history and how he blends that into a story.
It's a good book,however, I found it to be very similar to the Proving Trail. I liked them both, but thought the Proving Trail was much better. What these two books do speak to, is the importance of a mentor figure, or someone who can provide a positive influence/guidance in one's life, and La More is masterful at getting that point across.
Yes I would recommend this book. Franklin is such an important figure in US history, and accomplished so much in so many different fields. At the same time he is controversial and that controversy continues today with popular opinion shifting from time to time. This book also dispelled facts I thought I knew about Franklin and introduced me on many I did not know.
Ben Franklin. Really interesting figure who did so much, however at the same time had some interesting characteristics that I never quite understood. He had the ability to compromise on so many issues and then at the same time would be steadfast in issues such as deity and his loyalist son. Incredibly complex and interesting individual with many of his maxims so relevant today.
His read and inflection had the ability to take you back to the day in many instances.
Inside an American Icon