In The First Comprehensive Biography Of Benjamin Franklin In Over Sixty Years, Acclaimed Historian H W Brands Brings Vividly To Life One Of The Most Delightful, Bawdy, Brilliant, Original, And Important Figures In American History.A Groundbreaking Scientist, Leading Businessman, Philosopher, Bestselling Author, Inventor, Diplomat, Politician, And Wit, Benjamin Franklin Was Perhaps The Most Beloved And Celebrated American Of His Age, Or Indeed Of Any Age Now, In A Beautifully Written And Meticulously Researched Account Of Franklin S Life And Times, His Clever Repartee, Generous Spirit, And Earthy Wisdom Are Brought Compellingly To The Page His Circle Of Friends And Acquaintances Extended Around The Globe, From Cotton Mather To Voltaire, From Edmund Burke To King George III, From Sir Isaac Newton To Immanuel Kant Franklin Was Gifted With A Restless Curiosity, And His Scientific Experiments With Electric Currents And The Weather Made Him The Leading Pioneer In The New Field Of Electricity On Both Sides Of The Atlantic Among His Many Inventions Were The Lightning Rod, The Franklin Stove, And The Harmonica, A Musical Instrument That Became The Rage Of Europe From His Humble Beginnings In Boston As A Printer S Apprentice, He Became, Within Two Decades, The Leading Printer And One Of The Most Important Businessmen In The Colonies A Longtime Philadelphia Civic Leader, He Created Philadelphia S First Fire Department, Wrote The Bestseller Poor Richard S Almanac, Served As Postmaster General For The Colonies, And In The Process, Completely Modernized The Mail Service A Bon Vivant And Ladies Man Throughout His Life, He Matched Wits With Parliament And The Crown During The Decade Leading Up To The Stamp Act And As The Official Agent To Parliament, Representing Several Of The Colonies, He Helped Push The Colonies Into Open Rebellion.Tracing Franklin S Gradual Transformation From Reluctant Revolutionary To Charismatic Leader In The Fight For Independence, Brands Convincingly Argues That On The Issue Of Revolution, As Franklin Went, So Went America During The Revolutionary War, Franklin Was Charged By Congress With Wooing The King Of France To The American Cause, And It Was The Diplomatic Alliances He Forged And Funds He Raised In France That Allowed The Continental Army To Continue To Fight On The Battlefield In His Final Years, As President Of The Constitutional Convention, It Was Franklin Who Held Together The Antagonistic Factions And Persuaded Its Members To Sign The Constitution.Drawing On Previously Unpublished Letters To And From Franklin, As Well As The Recollections And Anecdotes Of Franklin S Contemporaries, H W Brands Has Created A Rich And Compelling Portrait Of The Eighteenth Century Genius Who Was In Every Respect America S First Renaissance Man, And Arguably The Pivotal Figure In Colonial And Revolutionary America A Fascinating And Richly Textured Biography Of The Man Who Was Perhaps The Greatest Of Our Founding Fathers, The First American Is History On A Grand Scale, As Well As A Major Contribution To Understanding Franklin And The World He Helped To Shape.


10 thoughts on “The First American

  1. bup bup says:

    The best biography I ve ever read Franklin is so human I could walk into the next room and not be surprised to see him setting there.The biographer also makes a very compelling argument that Ben Franklin was the most indispensable figure in the American Revolutionary adventure Or at least tied with Washington.Most historians agree that without George Washington, there s nobody else who could ve stepped forward to successfully keep an army together, miraculously beat the most powerful country i The best biography I ve ever read Franklin is so human I could walk into the next room and not be surprised to see him setting there.The biographer also makes a very compelling argument that Ben Franklin was the most indispensable figure in the American ...


  2. GoldGato GoldGato says:

    A rebellion is always legal in the first person, such as our rebellion It is only in the third person their rebellion that it becomes illegal. Ben FranklinTouching the history of the venerated Founding Fathers, who apparently descended from heaven to wage war against George III, is a difficult task So it was with trepidation that I started this book, wondering what new angle yet another biographer was going to try to discover By the time I finished it took me almost as long as the Re A rebellion is always legal in the first person, such as our rebellion It is only in the third person their rebellion that it becomes illegal. Ben FranklinTouching the history of the venerated Founding Fathers, who apparently descended from heaven to wage war against George III, is a difficult task So it was with trepidation that I started this book, wondering what new angle yet another biographer was going to try to discover By the time I finished it took me almost as long as...


  3. Ross Ross says:

    This biography of Franklin is billed as comprehensive and it certainly is that It would seem to contain essentially every thing that is known about the great man s life I would say it is a must read for anyone interested in American history Even though it is a huge book.By the title, Brands makes the case that it is Franklin who most deserves the credit for the steps that led to the creation of the American republic Washington, of course, deserves the credit for winning the war, but who got This biography of Franklin is billed as comprehensive and it certainly is that It would seem to contain essentially every thing that is known about the great man s life I would say it is a must read for anyone interested in American history Even though it is a huge book.By the title, Brands makes the case that it is Franklin who most deserves the credit for the steps that led to the creation of the American republic Washington, of course, deserves the credit for winning the war, but who got i...


  4. Marijan Marijan says:

    An excellent biography of an amazing person Deeply researched, it revelas all the aspects of Franklin s life, especially those he glossed over in his autobiography.


  5. Mike Mike says:

    I haven t read any of the author s other works, so I can t comment on how his style and craft may be evolving, but this book is well written, well thought out, and as far as I can discern, well researched.Like most people, I ve known of Franklin all my life well, less about 6 years And, like most people, I also knew he flew a kite i...


  6. Ron Ron says:

    A monumental yet eminently readable biography of arguably the most impressive and important of the early figures in American history Written in a very clear style, the book moves along, drawing the reader into wanting to know the next events in this very fascinating life VERY HIGHLY RECOMMEND FromHe was the foremost American of his day, yet today he is littlethan a mythic caricature in the public imagination Benjamin Franklin, perhaps the pivotal figure in colonial and revol A monumental yet eminently readable biography of arguably the most impressive and important of the early figures in American history Written in a very clear style, the book moves along, drawing the...


  7. Tim Dudek Tim Dudek says:

    Finally, this is what all my goodread friends are saying I started this book seven months ago What took me so long First, I don t actually read that much Secondly, I often found myself pausing while reading to look up some piece of information I was led down many a wikipedia trail reading this book Finally, the printer printed on big pages in a small font Ok all my excuses are finished, what about the book I personally prefer learning about history through the lens of biography Given Finally, this is what all my goodread friends are saying I started this book seven months ago What took me so long First, I don t actually read that much Secondly, I often found myself pausing while reading to look up some piece of information I was led down many a wikipedia trail reading this book Finally, the printer printed on big pages in a small font Ok all my excuses are finished, what about the book I personally prefer learning about history through the lens of biography Given that caveat, I consider The First American to be one of the best historical books I ve ever read We get an intimate portrait of the greatest thinker of his time if not one of the greatest thinkers in all of history The author exposes us to a very human Franklin We see witness his sadness at the breaking of relations with his ...


  8. Gerald Gerald says:

    Earlier I think this is the Vook edition It has embedded video I downloaded it as an app to my iPhone from the Apple iBookstore I have a hunch this multimedia book experience is not as rich as it could be, but it s a start on a form that s in its infancy.Update Turns out I m not a big fan of the Vook format, at least for recreational reading I suppose I m too retro, equate reading with quiet time I like taking books, and ebooks, to public places Unless I want to wear earbuds,...


  9. James Eckman James Eckman says:

    It s nice reading about a founding father who s not a blatant racist and petitioned congress to abolish slavery Franklin wrote often in his later years about this, also stating that he saw no difference in the intelligence of blacks, whites or native Americans He also tried to get fair treatment for native Americans, quite a change from other founding fathers He was also extremely tolerant about religion, even writing that if a Muslim preacher showed up...


  10. Joan Joan says:

    I so enjoyed reading about this great man He was a genius He was one of the founding fathers and because of his insight, kindness, and knowledge he helped make America great