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The Modern Scholar: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin | [H.W. Brands]

The Modern Scholar: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

This course examines the life of Benjamin Franklin and his influence on both American and world history. He remains the model of the American thinker - a man who was interested in nearly everything, and who pursued those interests with an admirable and contagious passion. To study Franklin's life is to learn not only the history of a single man, but to understand some of the most monumental changes in all of human history.
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Publisher's Summary

Early American history is dominated by engaging and iconic figures - none more intriguing than Benjamin Franklin. Chandler, balladeer, poet, printer, writer, humorist, satirist, swimmer, businessman, inventor, philosopher, soldier, administrator, scientist, politician, ladies' man, musician, humanitarian, philanthropist - it's almost easier to list the things Franklin was not than try to explain the pursuits and interests of this multi-faceted man.

In this course, you'll study with noted historian H.W. Brands, the New York Times best-selling author of The First American, which also earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination. Brands is a scholar who truly captures the essence of Franklin and the times in which he lived. This course examines the life of Franklin and his influence on both American and world history. From his early days as a printer's apprentice to very nearly his last days, Benjamin Franklin's thirst for knowledge and his desire to share what he knew brought him to the forefront of a changing world. His contributions through inventions, scientific investigation, and political thought still echo more than 200 years after his passing. He remains the model of the American thinker - a man who was interested in nearly everything, and who pursued those interests with an admirable and contagious passion. To study Franklin's life is to learn not only the history of a single man, but to understand some of the most monumental changes in all of human history.

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©2003 H.W. Brands; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC

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    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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    Yes, it is the best history book I have ever read. It is well researched and full of information.


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    What would have made The Modern Scholar better?

    It would have been better if it was AN AUDIOBOOK! This is a college lecture by a college professor. If you have not heard enough dull,rambling, trite, platitudinal lectures in your life, then this one is for you!


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    An audiobook about Benjamin Franklin


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was not a narrator and it was not a book.


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