Benjamin Franklin by Edmund S. Morgan is the difinative... Benjamin Franklin.
In my opinion, this book is too short, too soft, too uncritical in judgement to be a serious addition to any biography-lover's bookshelf.
Morgan also makes generous but appropriate use of Franklin's own written works as well as of sources contemporary with him.
I have been reading Edmund S. Morgan's works since I studied at Carleton College in the 60's and shortly after as a PhD candidate at Washington University in St Louis. Read morePublished 8 days ago by Peter A. Butzin
If you are looking to learn who this historical public figure really was this is the read.Published 1 month ago by debra hladky
This biography of Benjamin Franklin is a brief but effective introduction to the Man on the One Hundred Dollar Bill. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Erik Peterson
I and others in my book club found this book quite hard to read. Many said that they would read a chapter or so, and then set it down for quite a while, only to come back to it... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Cynthia
This book wasn't bad. There is a lot of great information about Franklin and interesting stories that included other founding fathers.Published 9 months ago by Billie Jean Zipperer
I was a bit surprised when I picked up Edmund S. Morgan's BENJAMIN FRANKLIN and found that it was only about 300 pages long. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Greg Goebel
Superb biography by one of the (late) greats in colonial American history. Very readable. Very enjoyable. Recommend for readers of both US history and biographies.Published 11 months ago by Erich Cluxton
Morgan was an accomplished pro. this bio is not ideal for those who know little about F and less about American history. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Richard I. Pervo