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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (406 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edmund S. Morgan Narrator: Rick Adamson Publisher: University Press Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN:
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Benjamin Franklin is perhaps the most remarkable figure in American history: the greatest statesman of his age, he played a pivotal role in the formation of the American republic. He was also a pioneering scientist, a best-selling author, the country's first postmaster general, a printer, a bon vivant, a diplomat, a ladies' man, and a moralist - and the most prominent celebrity of the 18th century.

Franklin was, however, a man of vast contradictions, as Edmund Morgan demonstrates in this brilliant biography. A reluctant revolutionary, Franklin had desperately wished to preserve the British Empire, and he mourned the break, even as he led the fight for American independence. Despite his passion for sciences, Franklin viewed his groundbreaking experiments as secondary to his civic duties. And although he helped to draft both the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution, he had personally hoped that the new American government would take a different shape. Unraveling the enigma of Franklin's character, Morgan shows that he was the rare individual who constantly placed the public interest before his own desires.

Written by one of our greatest historians, Benjamin Franklin offers a provocative portrait of America's most extraordinary patriot. The book is published by Yale University Press.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Paul Haspel | 2/17/2014

    " Edmund Morgan's Benjamin Franklin is a great biography of an extraordinary human being. Morgan, a distinguished historian, wisely avoids relying on secondary sources, and instead focuses on Franklin's own words and those of his contemporaries, as collected in the Papers of Benjamin Franklin. The result is an extremely well-written biography that tells Franklin's life story effectively and economically. Morgan's Franklin is familiar in some ways, as the prodigious inventor, the ceaselessly industrious man of business, the gifted writer; but Morgan adds some new elements to the picture. In Morgan's view, Franklin is someone who put public service above every other endeavor, even including the scientific experimentation he loved; and Morgan emphasizes Franklin's belief in respecting the will of the people at all times, even when the will of the people differed from Franklin's own sense of what was best. One finishes this book wishing that one could have met Franklin. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kristine | 2/16/2014

    " Ben Franklin is a fascinating human being, and reading about him is well worth doing; this is considered a somewhat short biography, but there are too many quotations and other stylistic issues to describe this as engaging reading. But don't give up. There are other Ben Franklin book options out there that are well worth consideration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 2/15/2014

    " Really liked this biography. Ben is my favorite early American founder. I admire his eclectic interests. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristine | 2/13/2014

    " Wow! I had no idea just how instrumental Benjamin Franklin was in helping to form our new government. This biography was a condensed synopsis of his personal life, experiments, inventions, occupations, political life, travels and friendships. I learned so much more than I ever was exposed to in school from this 300 page book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 John | 1/28/2014

    " biography,history,nonfiction,enlightenment "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Demetria | 1/20/2014

    " We all know about the kite and we picture Benjamin Franklin in his little glasses looking quite serious, but after reading this book, it seems like Franklin was a a very flirtatious, intelligent, charming, diplomatic man. He sounds like a lot of fun and someone with a lot of big ideas and the drive to carry out his ambition. He did own slaves for a few years though before he became an abolitionist, so we probably would not have hung out and what not. The book is pretty engaging and the author does a good job with balancing Franklin's social life with his professional life, which often overlapped. The overall portrait of Franklin is perhaps a little too generous though and I think the author's genuine admiration for Franklin may have influenced him to create a bit of a saintly persona. Other than that though, it's a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 1/19/2014

    " Benjamin Franklin: inventor, printer, writer and politician, has continually facinated and intrigued me. Therefore, no matter who writes his biography, I am still captivated by Frankin's integrity and the ingenuity he possessed throughout his lifetime. A truly remarkable man. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karyn Nadler | 12/30/2013

    " This is a very hard book to get into. I guess I was expecting a biography, but this a very dry, slow moving story. Hopefully, it will improve, but I have to put it down for awhile, and read a different book :((( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Buddah | 12/25/2013

    " its crazy the amount of shit he was involved with and how some of his ideas are only getting implemented in recent times "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria | 10/30/2013

    " Certainly the most brilliant and eclectic of our foreparents....this bio is an interesting, entertaining read. Let's you peek at what kind of man Franklin was. Talks about the mistakes he made in his pre-Revolution strategizing. Comforting that he made mistakes, too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 9/16/2013

    " A great book. Morgan brings a truly fascinating character to life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 9/11/2013

    " It sags a bit in the middle... but Franklin's a really interesting guy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Valerie | 8/16/2013

    " Good insight into a very interesting man - my favorite founding father. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeannie | 7/23/2013

    " Overrated and tedious. Read like a report. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 7/11/2013

    " This book reads like a history textbook. It contains great detail on the historical events at the time of Franklin's life. Unfortunately, it didn't give me as much detail about his own life as I had hoped. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Brozyna | 6/29/2013

    " This is a good general book and provides context for Franklin's life which is helpful to have before reading Ben's autobiography. The author has a bit of humor, which is very appropriate to a man like Ben. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 2/9/2013

    " Nice and short. Great, to the meaty, info. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael | 11/11/2012

    " The author manages to convey the personality of Franklin as well as his genius mind in this book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Versa | 6/15/2012

    " I completed this uninspiring biography of Benjamin Franklin only because it was a book club selection. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 3/26/2012

    " 250 pages of bragging by anybody is just plain annoying. Even if the person doing the bragging is Benjamin Franklin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 1/31/2012

    " This was a book about Benjamin Franklin's adult, political career. I found it very readable and interesting. By researching Franklin's papers, Morgan has written a very personable, concise biography of Franklin. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 maryanne | 10/30/2011

    " I really wanted this book to be interesting... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy Carey | 8/28/2011

    " Best book on Benjamin Franklin I have read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 4/10/2011

    " Franklin really came alive in this book. Morgan created Franklin's world and let us peak into it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 3/23/2011

    " Informative, but dull. That about sums it up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 12/7/2010

    " It sags a bit in the middle... but Franklin's a really interesting guy. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alex | 7/28/2010

    " Very interesting information on one of the forefathers of this nation, however I wanted to read more about his inventions and scientific experiments, but still a very informative book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 6/29/2010

    " Franklin really came alive in this book. Morgan created Franklin's world and let us peak into it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke | 1/3/2010

    " A great book. Morgan brings a truly fascinating character to life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 maryanne | 11/26/2009

    " I really wanted this book to be interesting... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 7/17/2009

    " This was a book about Benjamin Franklin's adult, political career. I found it very readable and interesting. By researching Franklin's papers, Morgan has written a very personable, concise biography of Franklin. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Matt | 1/16/2009

    " Informative, but dull. That about sums it up. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 12/15/2008

    " 250 pages of bragging by anybody is just plain annoying. Even if the person doing the bragging is Benjamin Franklin. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Buddah | 11/6/2008

    " its crazy the amount of shit he was involved with and how some of his ideas are only getting implemented in recent times "

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About the Author
Author Edmund S. Morgan

Edmund Sears Morgan, an eminent authority on early American history, was a professor of history at Yale University, where he taught from 1955 to 1986. He specialized in American colonial history, with some attention to English history, and was noted for his incisive writing style. In 1971 he was awarded the Yale Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa’s William Clyde DeVane Medal for outstanding teaching and scholarship, considered one of the most prestigious teaching prizes for Yale faculty. In 1972 he became the first recipient of the Douglass Adair Memorial Award for scholarship in early American history, and in 1986 he received the Distinguished Scholar Award of the American Historical Association. He became a Sterling Professor, one of Yale’s highest distinctions, in 1965. He received the Gold Medal for History from the American Academy of Arts and Letter, and he was awarded the 2000 National Humanities Medal by President Bill Clinton for “extraordinary contributions to American cultural life and thought.” In 2006, he won a special Pulitzer Prize citing “a creative and deeply influential body of work as an American historian that spans the last half century.”

About the Narrator

Rick Adamson is an award-winning voice artist with more than twenty years’ experience in voiceovers, spoken word events, event announcing, and children’s media, as well as commercials for well-known international corporations. He has narrated numerous television and film documentaries, including Croatia, co-narrated with Martin Sheen. His audiobook narration includes more than two dozen major books, as well as dozens of early-reader titles for juveniles. He won the prestigious Audie Award in 2011 for Best Inspirational/Faith-Based Fiction for In a Heartbeat, and he was among the finalists for the 2006 Audie Award for Best Personal Development/Motivational Work for Younger Next Year. He earned an AudioFile Earphones Award for the ensemble narration of Rough Water.