- Paperback: 404 pages
- Publisher: Yale Univ. Press (October 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 075679739X
- ISBN-13: 978-0756797393
- Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.3 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,274,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That said, the analysis of each friendship is brief. This is a casual biography - enough to whet the interest of the reader and to act as a jumping off point for further research. At the time Lopez was writing, many of the figures she discusses had not been adequately researched, but hopefully more work has been done on them by now.
Lopez is undoubtedly pro-Franklin, but not to the point of ignoring his flaws, and she does include a few hostile observations by John Adams, who did not care for the man at all. She also does a good job of sticking to concrete sources for her information and not flying off into guesswork. There is usually a letter or diary behind every one of her conclusions.
Little peaks of the coming French Revolution find their way into the letters quoted. There is a real sense of a country tipping toward disaster, some of its citizens wary and some oblivious. Lopez invokes the atmosphere of the time with considerable skill.
Overall, an entertaining light biography of one very important sliver of Franklin's life.
Ms. Lopez's works (she has written many) are as important to understanding Dr. Franklin as is his own (as we call it) "Autobiography".