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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,375 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gordon S. Wood Narrator: Peter Johnson Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Why did Benjamin Franklin retire from business and become gentleman? Why did he admire the British Empire—and join the American Revolution? Why did he begin writing his Autobiography when he did? And how did the "first American" become an American in the first place?

Renowned historian Gordon S. Wood spent ten years studying a legend. In this untraditional biography, he penetrates beneath 200 years' accumulation of images and representations to find the historical Franklin. He places his subject's amazing life in its 18th century context and shatters forever the comforting stereotypes: homespun patriot, cracker-barrel philosopher, folksy founder, genial self-improver. Groundbreaking and riveting, this book is a must for anyone interested in American history and the roots of American character.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Wood] possesses as profound a grasp of the early days of the Republic as anyone now working.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Exceptionally rich perspective on one of the most accomplished, complex, and unpredictable Americans of his own time or any other.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “An illuminating, accessible, and entertaining contribution to the growing literature about Benjamin Franklin.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • “Well written and researched, this book provides a fresh perspective on one of America’s most distinguished figures.”

    Library Journal

  • “[Gordon Wood] conveys complex ideas in beguilingly simple prose, and deftly weaves the connections between the different Franklins.”

    New York Review of Books

  • One of the 2004 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction
  • A 2005 Audie Award Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by bert-bobbi | 2/16/2014

    " This is a good biography of Franklin, focusing not on the standard bio details, but rather on his impact to America, Britain and France, and the resultant opinions by various factions about Franklin himself. Provides much insight into a larger-than-life key figure in American history, in a writing style for the lay person who isn't a historian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Pam | 1/29/2014

    " Franklin began as a loyal British subject and ended up an American. This book shows how this happened. Very easy to read and full of interesting facts about Franklin., "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Audrie | 1/18/2014

    " Some times the most ardent supporter of a causee is the last to join. Franklin was a very loyal subject of the king until he was disillusioned by the monarchy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brad | 12/13/2013

    " Great book! If you are interested in the life of Benjamin Franklin, this is a great starting point. It is not the typical blow-by-blow biography on the life of Franklin. Instead, the author shows how Franklin evolved over time to become a die-hard American patriot. Also, author Gordon Wood is considered by many to be the premiere historian of early America. I tend to agree with that assertion. "

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