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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"Benjamin Franklin catalogs the extraordinary range of its subject's accomplishments, which remain unrivaled in their variety and utility." (The New York Times)
"Isaacson has crafted a wonderfully written biography, and his treatment of Franklin's youth and rise to prominence is insightful and imaginative" (The Washington Post)
"The abridgment is seamless, the text runs the gamut...from brilliant to ordinary."(AudioFile)
"Blessed with one of the most polished and easy-to-absorb voices in the audio business, reader Boyd Gaines does an outstanding job with Walter Isaacson's excellent biography of perhaps the most appealing of the Founding Fathers..." (USA Today)
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
lacked entertainment value. I understand its a biography but it was not very entertaining at all.
good description of his life but at times was tough to get through
if you're a Ben Franklin 'the man' fan and enjoy factual history you will like this book. If you're more of a Ben Franklin 'ideas and theory' fan this is probably not the book you're looking for
not the book I was expecting so probably skewed my review since I was looking at it from a different angle
Well written, entertaining, and fascinating facts and anecdotes!
Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs biographies both written by Isaacson.
Ben Franklin of course!
I have rediscovered the value of audiobooks after more than 10 years when the ease of downloads and apps did not exist. I am very happy I did try it out again.
He may be the single most imporant person of modern history. He was truely a leader by example.
Marxism>Lennonism>Communism there should be Franklinism - the Art of Diplomacy - rational thinking for the common good of Man
He tried to immulate Socates and Jesus - yet apparently he was not religiously religious
It is my ambition to try to immulate the virtures of Ben and the free spirit of John Lennon
I confess I havent read any of the other reviews before I wrote this one. I just wanted to leave my first review here as a new audible member and tell you this is fantastic. I am only a quarter of the way through his audible book and loved the details. I cannot believe that Franklin is even more interesting than I first believed/knew and had a hand in so many things historical (or otherwise). The section about his family life, early publishing, bits of humor, and ambassador type status to France are all great fun. (A good example: Pay attention to the part where he and John Adams, due to inadequate accommodations, had to share a bed together and how Franklin avoided catching Adams' cold)
I recommend this book heartily. I am a new American History fan and I think this and 1776 (by a different author) are just superb. Get them both.
This is a wonderful lesson in history. The definition of Unabridged is; COMPLETE, being the most complete of its class. The definition of abridged is; to shorten in duration or extent.
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