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Book Description Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. SPLENDID: ENTHRALLING: VIVID: INTIMATE: WITTY: MARVELOUS, GROUND-BREAKING: COMPLETE: NEW First Edition hardcover (Orig. 2003) Tenth Printing (c. 2007), NEW handsomely-designed-illus. unclipped mylar-protected full-color jacket w/ sharp NEW edges & corners showing orig. $30.00 price at top-right inside-front flyleaf, NEW cover w/ library-durable blue fabric wrapping spine & extending 1.38" onto front & back panels covered in matching blue paper, IMPECCABLE text-block exterior w/ smooth-cut top & bottom edges & cut-page-style deckle side-edging, NEW perfect binding w/ tight sheets & blue-white-checked cloth bands at spine-caps, IMMACULATE illustrated card-stock end-papers, PRISTINE interior handsomely printed on EXCELLENT unblemished archival paper * 9.50" x 6.50" x 1.72", 0.98 kg, xii+590 (602) pp. * ABOUT THE BOOK: Benjamin Franklin is the Founding Father who winks at us. An ambitious urban entrepreneur who rose up the social ladder, from leather-aproned shopkeeper to dining w/ kings, he seems made of flesh rather than of marble. In bestselling author Walter Isaacson's marvelously VIVID & WITTY full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin seems to turn to us from history's stage w eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. Bringing Franklin to life, Isaacson shows how he helped to define both his own time & ours. During his 84-year life, he was America's best scientist, inventor, diplomat, writer, & business strategist, & he was also among its most practical (though not its most profound) political thinkers. He proved by flying a kite that lightning was electricity, & he invented a rod to tame it. He sought practical ways to make stoves less smoky & commonwealths less corrupt. He organized neighborhood constabularies & international alliances, local lending libraries & national legislatures. He combined 2 types of lenses to create bifocals & 2 concepts of representation to foster the nation's federal compromise. He was the only man who shaped all the founding documents of America: the Albany Plan of Union, the Declaration of Independence, the treaty of alliance w/ France, the peace treaty w/ England, & the Constitution; & he helped invent America's unique style of homespun humor, democratic values, & philosophical pragmatism. But the most interesting thing that Franklin invented, & continually reinvented, was himself. America's first great publicist, he consciously tried through his life & his writings to create a new American archetype, in the process carefully crafting his own persona, publicly portraying it & polishing it for posterity. Through it all he trusted the hearts & minds of his fellow "leather-aprons" more than he did those of any inbred elite. He saw middle-class values as a source of social strength, not as something to be derided. His guiding principle was a "dislike of everything that tended to debase the spirit of the common people." Few of his fellow founders so fully felt this comfort w/ democracy, & none so intuitively. In this colorful & intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman, scientist & Founding Father. He chronicles Franklin's tumultuous relationship w/ his illegitimate son & grandson, his practical marriage, & his flirtations w/ the ladies of Paris. He also shows how Franklin helped create the American character & why he has a particular resonance in the 21st century. * HIGHEST PRAISE: "[A] SPLENDID new look at the incomparable Franklin. ENTHRALLING from beginning to end." -David McCullough. "[A] Ben Franklin for the ages. In this MARVELOUS, GROUND-BREAKING book, Franklin stands on center stage in the drama of America's founding." -Doris Kearns Goodwin. "A COMPLETE picture of an extraordinary human being & the company he kept." -Edmund S. Morgan. Seller Inventory # 010255
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