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Franklin recognized and accepted the fact that French aid was crucial to American independence, but some Founding Fathers resented him for making America dependent on a foreign power and severely attacked him for securing the very aid that saved the cause. Schiff offers fascinating coverage of this American infighting, along with the complex political intrigue in France, complete with British spies and French double agents, secret negotiations and backroom deals. A Great Improvisation is an entertaining and illuminating portrait of Franklin's seven-year adventure in France that "stands not only as his greatest service to his country but the most revealing of the man." --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Stacy Shiff authored what I consider to be a very expansive tome on Cleopatra and much that touched her life, and those that she in turn, touched. Read morePublished 1 month ago by W. Michael King, Ph.D.
I adore Stacy Schiff -- and getting her books, "pre-loved", from special booksellers, makes it possible to read her books in faraway Philippines, without breaking the bank. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lisa, Manila.
I tried reading the book to no avail- too much fluff and constant smug verbose personal pseudo intellectual phrases with French adjectives thrown in everywhere- it was too hard to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Star Trekker
Very well-written and excruciatingly researched, this book does a fantastic job of transporting the reader into 18th century France and into the thick of the diplomatic challenges... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Paul Cwalina
I picked this book up because I had very much enjoyed Stacy Schiff's Vera. This book was also excellent. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pierre Lugosch
A fascinating view of some of the behind-the-scenes activity and interplay of personalities that influenced the progress of the American Revolution. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Barbara B. Carroll
Way too much information. The story just got lost in all the detail. I read her book on Cleopatra and absolutely loved it so this was disappointing.Published 19 months ago by Kathleen A. Brackett