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  • Benjamin Franklin: The Original American [Portable Professor]

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By H.W. Brands
    • Narrated By H.W. Brands
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    As the individual perhaps most widely respected by the generation that founded the United States, Benjamin Franklin can fairly be described as the "Founding Godfather" of America. A gifted writer, businessman, diplomat, political mover, scientist, and inventor (not to mention a famous wit and incorrigible womanizer), Franklin towers among historical figures, but his warm humanism and intelligence cast his amazing life into undeniably human relief.

    Marc says: "Great Course taken in my car!"
    "Enjoyable and Enthusiastic"
    Overall

    Professor Brand has apparently written a biography of Franklin and it might be a better listen than this lecture. Brand does occasionally lose track of his material and take unnecessary discursions. Nonetheless, he has command of the facts and real enthusiasm for his subject. Brand just plain likes Franklin and his regard is infectious. I knew very little about Franklin and enjoyed having my preconceptions destroyed. This is not one of the great biographies; it is simply too short. But it is a great introduction to a fascinating man. If you?re curious about the guy on the $50 bill, give this one a try.

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