If you are planning to visit London, this lecture plus a good guide book will give overview of the city and how it got to the place it is today.
I purchase this book for the idea of the title. Although the theme was great, I got really annoyed with the misquotes that the author had throughout the lecture. He has to check his facts and how he used them. Because of this problem, it is not the worth the time to listen to it.
Although I do not completely agree with author's thesis on the use of history by public personalities, it made me think about the subject of history and its uses to formulate public opinion and policies. Sometimes, it is used for positive formulations, but many times, it used to set policies that are not true to the "real history" of the subject. It more than worth the time to listen to it. I am sure that there will more questions than there are answer to the subject. But is that not the job of an historian in the long run.
This book is a very good start on the life and time of Franklin; however, the listener should also read The First American by Prof. Brands.
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