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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A historian and biographer argues that without Ben Franklin we would still be British subjects. In "Franklin, " Srodes tells Franklin's incredible life story making full use of the previously ... Read full review

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A journalist and author of Allen Dulles: Master of Spies, Srodes presents a biography of Benjamin Franklin in mostly favorable terms. He incorporates some heretofore neglected archival materials and ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue
3
Traits and Prospects
11
Hope and Glory
33
The Pursuit of Virute
47
Rising Citizen
63
The Eminent Mr Franklin
77
Join or Die
101
First Blood
121
Revolution
257
Declaring for Liberty
273
The Diplomacy of War
289
Winning Recognition
305
Dismal Days
321
The Final Round
337
The Struggle for Peace
353
Home at Last
369

A New Nemesis
141
Degrees and Separation
153
Rejection and Return
167
Back to London
183
Countdown to Revolution
197
The Death of a Dream
217
To the Brink of War
237
Epilogue
387
Notes
393
Bibliography
407
Acknowledgments
415
Index
417
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James Srodes was an American journalist and author. In 2015 and 2016, the Virginia Press Association awarded Srodes its first prize for critical writing for his series of book reviews for The Washington Times.

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