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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

Benjamin Franklin: An American Life


Book Overview: Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Einstein and Steve Jobs, shows how the most fascinating of America's founders helped define our national character.

Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us, the one who seems made of flesh rather than marble. In a sweeping narrative that follows Franklin's life from Boston to Philadelphia to London and Paris and back, Walter Isaacson chronicles the adventures of the runaway apprentice who became, over the course of his eighty-four-year life, America's best writer, inventor, media baron, scientist, diplomat, and business strategist, as well as one of its most practical and ingenious political leaders. He explores the wit behind Poor Richard's Almanac and the wisdom behind the Declaration of Independence, the new nation's alliance with France, the treaty that ended the Revolution, and the compromises that created a near-perfect Constitution.

In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, showing how he helped to forge the American national identity and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.

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PublisherSimon & SchusterSIMON & SCHUSTER @ TRADE
Publication Date2004-06-012003
EditionReprint13th Printing
Dimensionsin x in x in
Weight lbs
Walter Isaacson is an esteemed American author, journalist, and professor. Over the span of his illustrious career, Isaacson has chronicled the lives of renowned figures such as Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs in his insightful biographies, which are highly acclaimed for their detailed examination of their subjects and intricate storytelling. His books, imbued with a capacity for bringing complex characters to life, have not only topped bestselling lists but have also served as inspiration for numerous films and TV series. Before becoming an author, Isaacson held influential roles in journalism, notably serving as the chairman and CEO of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. His journalistic prowess, coupled with his analytical perspective, has made invaluable contributions to American journalism. Isaacson’s leadership within these prominent media organizations is marked by transformational changes and a dedication to unbiased, dynamic reporting. Today, Isaacson is a professor of history at Tulane University and continues to inspire the next generation of journalists and authors. Despite his vast achievements, he remains committed to exploring compelling narratives and educating future change-makers, making him a pivotal figure in contemporary American literature and journalism.

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