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The Loyal Son - The War in Ben Franklin's House-logo

The Loyal Son - The War in Ben Franklin's House

Daniel Mark Epstein

The dramatic story of a founding father, his illegitimate son, and the tragedy of their conflict during the American Revolution-from the acclaimed author of The Lincolns. Ben Franklin is the most lovable of America's founding fathers. His wit, his charm, his inventiveness-even his grandfatherly appearance-are legendary. But this image obscures the scandals that dogged him throughout his life. In The Loyal Son, award-winning historian Daniel Mark Epstein throws the spotlight on one of the more enigmatic aspects of Franklin's biography: his complex and confounding relationship with his illegitimate son William. When he was twenty-four, Franklin fathered a child with a woman who was not his wife. He adopted the boy, raised him, and educated him to be his aide. Ben and William became inseparable. After the famous kite-in-a-thunderstorm experiment, it was William who proved that the electrical charge in a lightning bolt travels from the ground up, not from the clouds down. On a diplomatic mission to London, it was William who charmed London society. He was invited to walk in the procession of the coronation of George III; Ben was not. The outbreak of the American Revolution caused a devastating split between father and son. By then, William was royal governor of New Jersey, while Ben was one of the foremost champions of American independence. In 1776, the Continental Congress imprisoned William for treason. George Washington made efforts to win William's release, while his father, to the world's astonishment, appeared to have abandoned him to his fate. A fresh take on the combustible politics of the age of independence, The Loyal Son is a gripping account of how the agony of the American Revolution devastated one of America's most distinguished families. Like Nathaniel Philbrick and David McCullough, Epstein is a storyteller first and foremost, a historian who weaves together fascinating incidents discovered in long-neglected documents to draw us into the private world of the men and women who made America. Advan

The dramatic story of a founding father, his illegitimate son, and the tragedy of their conflict during the American Revolution-from the acclaimed author of The Lincolns. Ben Franklin is the most lovable of America's founding fathers. His wit, his charm, his inventiveness-even his grandfatherly appearance-are legendary. But this image obscures the scandals that dogged him throughout his life. In The Loyal Son, award-winning historian Daniel Mark Epstein throws the spotlight on one of the more enigmatic aspects of Franklin's biography: his complex and confounding relationship with his illegitimate son William. When he was twenty-four, Franklin fathered a child with a woman who was not his wife. He adopted the boy, raised him, and educated him to be his aide. Ben and William became inseparable. After the famous kite-in-a-thunderstorm experiment, it was William who proved that the electrical charge in a lightning bolt travels from the ground up, not from the clouds down. On a diplomatic mission to London, it was William who charmed London society. He was invited to walk in the procession of the coronation of George III; Ben was not. The outbreak of the American Revolution caused a devastating split between father and son. By then, William was royal governor of New Jersey, while Ben was one of the foremost champions of American independence. In 1776, the Continental Congress imprisoned William for treason. George Washington made efforts to win William's release, while his father, to the world's astonishment, appeared to have abandoned him to his fate. A fresh take on the combustible politics of the age of independence, The Loyal Son is a gripping account of how the agony of the American Revolution devastated one of America's most distinguished families. Like Nathaniel Philbrick and David McCullough, Epstein is a storyteller first and foremost, a historian who weaves together fascinating incidents discovered in long-neglected documents to draw us into the private world of the men and women who made America. Advan
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The dramatic story of a founding father, his illegitimate son, and the tragedy of their conflict during the American Revolution-from the acclaimed author of The Lincolns. Ben Franklin is the most lovable of America's founding fathers. His wit, his charm, his inventiveness-even his grandfatherly appearance-are legendary. But this image obscures the scandals that dogged him throughout his life. In The Loyal Son, award-winning historian Daniel Mark Epstein throws the spotlight on one of the more enigmatic aspects of Franklin's biography: his complex and confounding relationship with his illegitimate son William. When he was twenty-four, Franklin fathered a child with a woman who was not his wife. He adopted the boy, raised him, and educated him to be his aide. Ben and William became inseparable. After the famous kite-in-a-thunderstorm experiment, it was William who proved that the electrical charge in a lightning bolt travels from the ground up, not from the clouds down. On a diplomatic mission to London, it was William who charmed London society. He was invited to walk in the procession of the coronation of George III; Ben was not. The outbreak of the American Revolution caused a devastating split between father and son. By then, William was royal governor of New Jersey, while Ben was one of the foremost champions of American independence. In 1776, the Continental Congress imprisoned William for treason. George Washington made efforts to win William's release, while his father, to the world's astonishment, appeared to have abandoned him to his fate. A fresh take on the combustible politics of the age of independence, The Loyal Son is a gripping account of how the agony of the American Revolution devastated one of America's most distinguished families. Like Nathaniel Philbrick and David McCullough, Epstein is a storyteller first and foremost, a historian who weaves together fascinating incidents discovered in long-neglected documents to draw us into the private world of the men and women who made America. Advan

Language:

English

Narrators:

Scott Brick

Length:

16h 30m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:15


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:07


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

09:24


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

08:46


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

09:39


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

08:47


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

07:08


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

09:24


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

09:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:40


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:38


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

09:45


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:20


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:09


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

07:54


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

07:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

08:26


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:52


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

08:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

08:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

09:01


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:52


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

07:51


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

08:49


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:26


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

06:05


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

09:30


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:20


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

09:43


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:22


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

08:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:02


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:00


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:38


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

09:49


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

09:15


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:48


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:48


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

07:38


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

08:04


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

08:45


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:22


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:57


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:53


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

09:01


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

09:35


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

08:51


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

08:20


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

08:13


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:52


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:18


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

08:18


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

09:01


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

09:10


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:41


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:21


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

06:05


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:37


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:57


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:33


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

07:21


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:49


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:30


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

09:21


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:20


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

08:19


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

07:16


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

08:57


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

08:58


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

08:25


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

08:13


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:37


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

09:10


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

07:57


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

07:30


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:13


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

09:46


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

08:07


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:07


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:48


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

08:28


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

06:03


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

09:39


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:13


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:02


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

09:16


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

09:22


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

08:36


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:07


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

09:06


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

09:55


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

09:54


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

09:24


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

09:22


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

09:26


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

09:12


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

08:39


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

09:13


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

09:14


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

09:13


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

07:51


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

05:07


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

09:06


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

09:18


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

09:58


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

08:24


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

08:33


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:03


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

05:15


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

09:27


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

09:24


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

09:32


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

09:44


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

08:09


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

08:21


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:52


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

04:03


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

09:47


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

09:54


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

07:46


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

08:22


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

07:50


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

07:44


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

08:08


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

07:27


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

06:45


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

00:31