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The Life of Benjamin Franklin, Volume 2: Printer and Publisher, 1730-1747 Hardcover – October 12, 2005

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The second volume in what will be a seven-volume biography of Franklin on the 300th anniversary of his birth.Volume 2 chronicles Franklin's life from his marriage to his retirement as a printer at the end of 1747. William, Franklin's illegitimate son, was born in 1728 or 1729, and the mystery of his unknown mother is discussed in connection with Franklin's courtship and marriage. (They had two other children; one died of smallpox at the age of four.) Lemay also chronicles Franklin's success as a publisher, his interest in technology and science, and his work in forming Pennsylvania's first volunteer fire company. Lemay's first two volumes bring Franklin, the man, to life and define his place in America's early history. George Cohen
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"Lemay's magnificent opus manages to be accessible and interesting for the general reader while also valuable for the specialist. . . . For readers who want to luxuriate in the life and times of a fascinating man and who enjoy seeing how an expert historian examines evidence and reaches conclusions, this biography is indispensable. Highly recommended."—Library Journal (starred review)



"A labor of love balanced by thoughtful criticism. There is nothing like it."—American Historical Review



"This work, in the classic multivolume 'life and times' genre, is especially valuable. Highly recommended."—Choice



"Veteran Franklin scholar Lemay offers a highly detailed examination of one of the most fascinating of America's founders."—Publishers Weekly



"The authoritative compendium of Franklin's remarkable exploits and contributions."—Times Higher Education Supplement



"Lemay's final output will do for the popular interest in our revolution and early founding what Douglas Southall Freeman's magisterial Lee's Lieutenants did for our fixation on the Civil War. . . . I can't wait for Mr. Lemay's next volumes."—Washington Times



"This colossal study . . . does for Franklin what Dumas Malone did for Thomas Jefferson. In sheer comprehensiveness, it surpasses any previous (and, one imagines, future) treatment. When completed, it promises to provide just about as complete a factual account of Franklin's life as it is possible to put together."—Journal of American History

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Product Details

  • Series: Life of Benjamin Franklin
  • Hardcover: 664 pages
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press (October 12, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812238559
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812238556
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.9 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the essential Ben by the world's most renowned Franklin historian. If you want to know the man, read these volumes.
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By mtnvu on September 15, 2014
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Good book on our forefathers. Arrived in a timely manner.
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Excellent reference book.
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