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Benjamin Franklin

Walter Isaacson

Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us -- an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In bestselling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself. America's first great publicist, he was consciously trying to create a new American archetype. In the process, he carefully crafted his own persona, portrayed it in public, and polished it for posterity. His guiding principle was a "dislike of everything that tended to debase the spirit of the common people." Few of his fellow founders felt this comfort with democracy so fully, and none so intuitively. In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman, scientist, and Founding Father. He chronicles Franklin's tumultuous relationship with his illegitimate son and grandson, his practical marriage, and his flirtations with the ladies of Paris. He also shows how Franklin helped to create the American character and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.

Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us -- an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In bestselling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself. America's first great publicist, he was consciously trying to create a new American archetype. In the process, he carefully crafted his own persona, portrayed it in public, and polished it for posterity. His guiding principle was a "dislike of everything that tended to debase the spirit of the common people." Few of his fellow founders felt this comfort with democracy so fully, and none so intuitively. In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman, scientist, and Founding Father. He chronicles Franklin's tumultuous relationship with his illegitimate son and grandson, his practical marriage, and his flirtations with the ladies of Paris. He also shows how Franklin helped to create the American character and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.
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Genres:

History

Description:

Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us -- an ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining with kings. In bestselling author Walter Isaacson's vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history's stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours. The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself. America's first great publicist, he was consciously trying to create a new American archetype. In the process, he carefully crafted his own persona, portrayed it in public, and polished it for posterity. His guiding principle was a "dislike of everything that tended to debase the spirit of the common people." Few of his fellow founders felt this comfort with democracy so fully, and none so intuitively. In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman, scientist, and Founding Father. He chronicles Franklin's tumultuous relationship with his illegitimate son and grandson, his practical marriage, and his flirtations with the ladies of Paris. He also shows how Franklin helped to create the American character and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Nelson Runger

Length:

24h 40m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

02:03


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:00


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

07:05


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

46:59


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

46:56


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

44:49


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

38:34


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

39:24


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

38:17


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

33:56


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

36:54


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

42:37


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

50:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

44:33


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

39:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

46:32


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

45:58


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

38:39


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

58:13


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

41:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

37:37


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

39:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

35:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

52:35


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

54:17


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

36:19


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

38:43


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

42:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

52:23


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

41:00


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

41:10


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

40:30


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

40:25


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

37:16


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

36:06


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

36:19


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

14:19


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

55:45