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Franklin is best remembered for other things, of course. His still-famous Poor Richard's Almanac helped him secure enough financial freedom as a printer to retire and devote himself to the study of electricity (which began, amusingly, with experiments on chickens). His mind never rested: He invented bifocals, the armonica (a musical instrument made primarily of glass), and, in old age, a mechanical arm that allowed him to reach books stored on high shelves. He served American interests as a diplomat in Europe; without him, France might not have intervened in the American Revolution. He helped draft the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. He possessed a sense of humor, too. In 1776, when John Hancock urged the colonies to "hang together," Franklin is said to have commented, "We must indeed all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately." Franklin's accomplishments were so numerous and varied that they threaten to read like a laundry list. Yet Brands pours them into an engrossing narrative, and they leap to life on these pages as the grand story of an exceptional man. The First American is an altogether excellent biography. --John J. Miller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Franklin's life was amazing, and Brands does a great job telling his story.
If you've an interest in historical biography or the history of the American Revolution, you simply must read this book.
Another special thing about this book is the selection of quotations from Franklin's writings, including his letters.
Beautifully written account of the most important and "first" American. Well done!Published 26 days ago by Henry Bright
interesting and realistic insight into this fascinating character...Published 1 month ago by John C. O'Brien
The author gives a very fair though sometimes gushing account of Franklin. I was struck by the energy, intelligence and toughness of the man. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Edward Carter
It's an amazing read. Captivated my heart and soul. I would recommend to any person this extraordinary story of one man.Published 2 months ago by brad
I've gotten through 4 chapters and wish I had more time to read. So far has been a very interesting read. I am glad I bought it.Published 3 months ago by Philip Kreilein
I give this book four stars. It is a very detailed and apparently thoroughly researched biography. The reason I did not give it five stars is that the author frequently writes in... Read morePublished 3 months ago by RUSSELL POTTER
What I read so far I have greatly enjoyed the book. The reason I bought the book was to find what
I could on his youngest sibling. But I also enjoyed reading about him.
Franklin's life has all the elements that established America as an independent, important player on the world stage. The story is fully relevant today. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Oscar...