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Benjamin Franklin
Ronald W. Clark
0785818448
July 2004
Hardcover
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Book Description
The first full-scale biography of Franklin in over 60 years! This fully documented account of the most versatile man of his age paints a lively portrait of the writer who invented the lightning conductor; the politician who spent years as an emissary in London trying to prevent the Revolutionary War; and the statesman who served as the US representative in Paris during the war, intriguing for French aid and American victory. A masterly work.


The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Library of Essential Reading Series)
Benjamin Franklin
0760768617
April 2005
Paperback
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Benjamin Franklin
Ronald W. Clark
184212272X
Dec 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
The first full-scale biography of Franklin in over 60 years! This fully documented account of the most versatile man of his age paints a lively portrait of the writer who invented the lightning conductor; the politician who spent years as an emissary in London trying to prevent the Revolutionary War; and the statesman who served as the US representative in Paris during the war, intriguing for French aid and American victory. A masterly work.


Benjamin Franklin: The Autobiography and Other Writings
Benjamin Franklin
0451528107
September 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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From AudioFile
In the face of recent revisionist efforts to demean Franklin, it's well to return to the most renowned of the Franklin biographies and winner of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize. There's nothing extraordinary about the narration. Reader Patrick Cullen proceeds with clear enunciation at a steady pace, injects slight emotion in the few places where appropriate and generally delivers as straightforward a reading as one can expect. One never expects histrionics in a text such as this, and one is not disappointed here. The text itself is enriching and the presentation perfectly adequate. D.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

LA Times
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Benjamin Franklin
John Riley
1883846641
Jan 2000
Large Print Hardcover
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From School Library Journal
Grade 1-3-These books for beginning readers have less information than standard encyclopedia articles. Each one has a dozen pages of text in large print and less than 10 sentences per page written in overly simplistic language. Black-and-white illustrations and reproductions appear opposite each page of text. In spite of the subtitles, only Carver has photographs. Many of the suggested titles for further reading are 30-to-40 years old and are too difficult for the intended audience. While these books may fill a need, David A. Adler's A Picture Book of George Washington Carver (1999) and A Picture Book of Benjamin Franklin (1990, both Holiday) are better choices.Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, OH Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
Benjamin Franklin
0743255062
January 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
"The first book to belong permanently to literature. It created a man." -- From the IntroductionFew men could compare to Benjamin Franklin. Virtually self-taught, he excelled as an athlete, a man of letters, a printer, a scientist, a wit, an inventor, an editor, and a writer, and he was probably the most successful diplomat in American history. David Hume hailed him as the first great philosopher and great man of letters in the New World.Written initially to guide his son, Franklin's autobiography is a lively, spellbinding account of his unique and eventful life. Stylistically his best work, it has become a classic in world literature, one to inspire and delight readers everywhere.

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Compleated Autobiography by Benjamin Franklin
Mark Skousen (Editor)
0895260336
December 2005
Hardcover
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Book Description
In honor of the 300th anniversary of Franklin's birth, Mark Skousen has accomplished what the old philosopher was unable to complete: He has finished the autobiography completely in Franklin's own words. The Compleated Autobiography retains Franklin's sophistication, humor, and sense of irony that made the original autobiography a classic.

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Franklin—in Franklin’s Own Words Benjamin Franklin’s celebrated Autobiography, published after his death, is one of the greatest autobiographies of all time… but it was incomplete. Franklin ended his life’s story in 1757, when he was only fifty-one. He planned to write more—a lot more, but never did. He lived another thirty-three full, eventful, and dramatic years, some of the most dramatic...


Benjamin Franklin: The Original American (Portable Professor Series)
H. W. Brands
0760750211
May 2004
Compact Disc
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Book Description
A university-level course on the life and impact of Benjamin Franklin, as taught by H.W. Brands, author of The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin.


Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
Walter Isaacson
0684807610
July 2003
Hardcover
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Book Review
Benjamin Franklin, writes journalist and biographer Walter Isaacson, was that rare Founding Father who would sooner wink at a passer-by than sit still for a formal portrait. What's more, Isaacson relates in this fluent and entertaining biography, the revolutionary leader represents a political tradition that has been all but forgotten today, one that prizes pragmatism over moralism, religious tolerance over fundamentalist rigidity, and social mobility over class privilege. That broadly democratic sensibility allowed Franklin his contradictions, as Isaacson shows. Though a man of lofty principles, Franklin wasn't shy of using sex to sell the newspapers he edited and published; though far from frivolous, he liked his toys and his mortal pleasures; and though he sometimes gave off a simpleton image, he was a shrewd and even...


Benjamin Franklin: An American Life
Walter Isaacson
074325807X
June 2004
Paperback
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Book Review
Benjamin Franklin, writes journalist and biographer Walter Isaacson, was that rare Founding Father who would sooner wink at a passer-by than sit still for a formal portrait. What's more, Isaacson relates in this fluent and entertaining biography, the revolutionary leader represents a political tradition that has been all but forgotten today, one that prizes pragmatism over moralism, religious tolerance over fundamentalist rigidity, and social mobility over class privilege. That broadly democratic sensibility allowed Franklin his contradictions, as Isaacson shows. Though a man of lofty principles, Franklin wasn't shy of using sex to sell the newspapers he edited and published; though far from frivolous, he liked his toys and his mortal pleasures; and though he sometimes gave off a simpleton image, he was a shrewd and even...


First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
H. W. Brands
0385495404
March 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
Benjamin Franklin may have been the most remarkable American ever to live: a printer, scientist, inventor, politician, diplomat, and--finally--an icon. His life was so sweeping that this comprehensive biography by H.W. Brands at times reads like a history of the United States during the 18th century. Franklin was at the center of America's transition from British colony to new nation, and was a kind of Founding Grandfather to the Founding Fathers; he was a full generation older than George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Patrick Henry, and they all viewed him with deep respect. "Of those patriots who made independence possible, none mattered more than Franklin, and only Washington mattered as much," writes Brands (author of a well-received Teddy Roosevelt biography, T.R.: The Last Romantic). Franklin was a...


Benjamin Franklin (Time for Kids Series)
Kathryn Hoffman Satterfield
006057609X
July 2005
Paperback
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Book Description

Take a close-up look at Benjamin Franklin, a jack-of-all-trades who served his country well. Interviews with experts and lively writing deliver the accurate reporting you expect from TIME For Kids®. Historical reproductions and contemporary photographs capture the life of this ingenious man and show how he made life better and safer for Americans today.

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The editors of TIME For Kids® are committed to informing millions of kids about the world and their place in it. As part of a national news organization, they bring expert and age-appropriate reporting and photography from around the globe to books, classroom magazines, and a website.

The editors of TIME For Kids® are frequent...



Who Was Benjamin Franklin
Dennis Brindell Fradin
0448424959
February 2002
Paperback
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From School Library Journal
Grade 3-5-This is an often funny, always engaging introduction to one of America's most fascinating founding fathers. Franklin is affectionately and respectfully depicted as a man of insatiable intellectual curiosity with a tireless creative and inventive mind who played indispensable roles in the War for Independence and the establishment of the U.S. government. Fradin's anecdotal presentation describes all of the important contributions and inventions the man gave to the world: a national postal system, the first public library, the first volunteer fire department, bifocals, the Franklin stove, the lightning rod, and his revolutionary experiments with electricity. His public service on behalf of the Continental Congress as a diplomat and representative, and his contributions to the Articles of ...

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