Franklin: The Essential Founding Father

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Regnery Publishing, Jul 1, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 450 pages
Historian and biographer James Srodes tells Benjamin Franklin's incredible life story, making full use of the previously neglected Franklin papers to provide the most riveting account yet of the journalist, scientist, polilician, and unlikely adventurer. From London, Paris, Philadelphia to his numerous romantic liaisons, Franklin's life becomes a panorama of dramatic history.
 

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Contents

Prologue
3
Traits and Prospects
11
Hope and Glory
33
The Pursuit of Virute
47
Rising Citizen
63
The Eminent Mr Franklin
79
Join or Die
103
First Blood
123
Revolution
259
Declaring for Liberty
275
The Diplomacy of War
291
Winning Recognition
307
Dismal Days
323
The Final Round
339
The Struggle for Peace
355
Home at Last
371

A New Nemesis
143
Degrees and Separation
155
Rejection and Return
169
Back to London
185
Countdown to Revolution
199
The Death of a Dream
219
To the Brink of War
239
Epilogue
389
Notes
395
Bibliography
409
Acknowledgments
417
Index
419
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