This is the last book in Catherine Drinker Bowen's brilliant career. With this, she did not intend to write a full narrative biography. Instead she proposed to write "only what interested me about this most consistently entertaining biographical subject". Thus the book focuses on specific scenes in Franklin's colorful life, including his youthful discoveries with electricity, activity in the Albany Congress of 1754, nine years in London and, of course, his part in America's revolutionary plans.
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"Franklin, a charmer in his time, charms across the centuries....The book, like the man, is astute and delightful." (The New Yorker)
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There are several very good Franklin biographies which are both enjoyable and informative. This volume does not claim to be a biography, it seems like a bunch of unconnected notes with little theme or coherency put into a book form. . If you haven't read a Franklin biography, this would not be a good introduction, if you have read one or more good Franklin biographies, this would be unnecessary and unsatisfying.
This is a good recount of BF's life up to the start of the American revolution, but the reading is garbled at times and makes it hard to understand!! The reading should be redone to be able to fully enjoy the story.
Lois Betterton, the narrator is not my cup of tea. She speaks very slowly. Her ennuciation is excruciately careful. Her reading style overall is leaden.
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