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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.
I read this HW Brands book first. I could not put this book down. I learned so much It is like I know Ben personally. Great book. This authors books should be in classrooms!Published 24 days ago by Roger Hogue
H.W. Brands is one of my favorite history authors. This is a wonderful insight into a truly amazing man.Published 1 month ago by Brad Burch
I enjoyed this book very much; never realized all he has done for our country and civilization....Ethics, science, politics, publishing, Declaration of Independence, Revolutionary... Read morePublished 3 months ago by S. Cullen Jr.
I ordered it as an acceptable rate of order and really basically got it of free,I think all I paid was a penny plus P&H but a lil clear tape and its fine for me thanks!Published 3 months ago by DMoffett
Best biography I've ever read. Lots of detail, all of it interesting, and the narrative is so skillfully constructed that it reads almost like a novel. Really a first-rate work.Published 3 months ago by loves lit
First time I read a book from this period of any depth. A very enlightening and enjoyable read.Published 4 months ago by Going Baroque