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First American The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

ISBN-10: 0385495404
ISBN-13: 9780385495400
Edition: 2000
Authors: H. W. Brands
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 3/12/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 784
Size: 5.10" wide x 8.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

He was the foremost American of his day, yet today he is little more than a mythic caricature in the public imagination. Benjamin Franklin, perhaps the pivotal figure in colonial and revolutionary America, comes vividly to life in this masterly biography. Wit, diplomat, scientist, philosopher, businessman, inventor, and bon vivant, Benjamin Franklin was in every respect America’s first Renaissance man. From penniless runaway to highly successful printer, from ardently loyal subject of Britain to architect of an alliance with France that ensured America’s independence, Franklin went from obscurity to become one of the world’s most admired figures, whose circle included the likes of Voltaire, Hume, Burke, and Kant. Drawing on previously unpublished letters and a host of other sources, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands has written a thoroughly engaging biography of the eighteenth-century genius. A much needed reminder of Franklin’s greatness and humanity, The First American is a work of meticulous scholarship that provides a magnificent tour of a legendary historical figure, a vital era in American life, and the countless arenas in which the protean Franklin left his legacy.

H.W. Brands was born Henry William Brands in Oregon. He graduated from Stanford University in 1975 with a B.A. in history, and from Jesuit High School in Portland, Oregon. He went on to earn his graduate degree in mathematics and history in Oregon and Texas. He taught at Vanderbuuilt University and Texas A&M University before he joined the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin. He acquired the title of Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History at the U of Texas. He specializes in American History and politics, with books including Traitor to His Class, Andrew Jackson, The Age of Gold, the First American, and TR. While several of his books have been best sellers, two of them - Traitor to His Class and The First American were finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He lectures often on historical and current events and he can be seen and heard on national television and radio programs.

Prologue: January 29, 1774
Boston Beginnings: 1706-23
Friends and Other Strangers: 1723-24
London Once: 1724-26
An Imprint of His Own: 1726-30
Poor Richard: 1730-35
Citizen: 1735-40
Arc of Empire: 1741-48
Electricity and Fame: 1748-51
A Taste of Politics: 1751-54
Join or Die: 1754-55
The People's Colonel: 1755-57
A Larger Stage: 1757-58
Imperialist: 1759-60
Briton: 1760-62
Rising in the West: 1762-64
Stamps and Statesmanship: 1764-66
Duties and Pleasures: 1766-67
Reason and Riot: 1768-69
The Rift Widens: 1770-71
To Kick a Little: 1772-73
The Cockpit: 1774-75
Rebel: 1775-76
Salvation in Paris: 1776-78
Bonhomme Richard: 1778-79
Minister Plenipotentiary: 1779-81
Blessed Work: 1781-82
Savant: 1783-85
Home: 1785-86
Sunrise at Dusk: 1786-87
To Sleep: 1787-90
Epilogue: April 17, 1990
Source Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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