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The First American|H. W. Brands
The First American : The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
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The first major biography of Benjamin Franklin in more than 60 years, "The First American" is history on a grand scale--a work of meticulous scholarship and a thoroughly engaging portrait of the foremost American of his day. A Pulitzer Prize finalist.

  • ISBN-13: 9780385495400
  • ISBN-10: 0385495404
  • Publisher: Anchor Books
  • Publish Date: March 2002
  • Dimensions: 8.04 x 5.3 x 1.33 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.22 pounds
  • Page Count: 784

The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

A Pulitzer Prize finalist, this fascinating study of Ben Franklin is the first major biography of the man to appear in more than 60 years. Brands, who teaches history at Texas A & M University, brings this seminal historical figure to life, along with the century he helped to define. Scientist, philosopher, diplomat and general genius, Franklin was part of an international social circle that included Voltaire, Kant and King George III. With his restless intellect and unmatchable personality, he left his mark on American manners. Drawing on previously unpublished letters written to and by Franklin, as well as anecdotes from his contemporaries, Brands creates a meticulously detailed portrait of the colonial era, of a country in the rough and the great minds who shaped it. At its center stands the man who invented bifocals and the lightening rod - Franklin, truly a timeless figure. A reading group guide is available online at www.anchorbooks.com.