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    DescriptionDuring his 84-year life Benjamin Franklin was America's best scientist, inventor, publisher, business strategist, diplomat, and writer. He was also one of its most practical political thinkers. America's first great publicist, he carefully crafted his own persona, portrayed it in public and polished it for posterity. In this riveting new biography Walter Isaacson provides readers with a full portrait of Franklin's public and private life - his loyal but neglected wife, his bastard son with whom he broke over going to war with England, his endless replacement families and his many amorous, but probably unconsummated, liaisons. But this is not just a biography of Benjamin Franklin but rather a fascinating look at American and European political history at that time. Isaacson examines the run up to the Revolutionary war, the intimate relations between Britain, France and the colonies and the decisive events that led to America's independence. Just as David McCullough brought life to the historic figure of John Adams, Isaacson portrays Franklin in the flesh, showing readers how this radical man helped define America's national character and personality.


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    Title
    Benjamin Franklin
    Subtitle
    An American Life
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Walter Isaacson
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 608
    Width: 171 mm
    Height: 241 mm
    Thickness: 43 mm
    Weight: 930 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780684807614
    ISBN 10: 0684807610
    Classifications

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    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    Libri: I-BA
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    DC22: 973.3092
    LC classification: E302.6.F7, E302.6.F8 I83 2003
    Thema V1.0: DNBH, NHK
    Illustrations note
    16pp colour plate section
    Publisher
    Simon & Schuster Ltd
    Imprint name
    Simon & Schuster International
    Publication date
    04 August 2003
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Walter Isaacson is president of the Aspen Institute. He has been chairman and CEO of CNN and managing editor of TIME magazine. He is the author of several books including the US bestseller BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: AN AMERICAN LIFE.
    Review quote
    "The New York Times" In its common sense, clarity and accessibility, it is a fitting reflection of Franklin's sly pragmatism....This may be the book that most powerfully drives a new pendulum swing of the Franklin reputation.