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When they declared their independence in 1776, the American colonies were without money, munitions or gunpowder. Amid great secrecy Benjamin Franklin was dispatched to France to solicit aid & arms for the struggle to come. Franklin was 70 years old, without any diplomatic training, & knew only rudimentary French. But, he proved a brilliant, charismatic negotiator. The ingenious Franklin -- who had previously distinguished himself as printer, postmaster, scientist & colonial agent in London -- matched wits daily with intrepid spies, eager opportunists & hostile colleagues. He persuaded an absolute monarchy to support a nascent republic. Brings Franklin s Parisian adventure vividly to life in this tale of international intrigue. Illustrations.
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Stacy Schiff is the author of Vera (Mrs. Vladimir Nabokov) which won the Pulitzer Prize for biography in 2000 and Saint-Exupery, which was a finalist for the 1995 Pulitzer Prize. She lives in New York City.
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Book Description Bloomsbury Pub. Ltd. (UK), 2005. Hardcover. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1422367258
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Book Description Bloomsbury Pub. Ltd. (UK), 2005. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 477 pages. 9.90x6.40x3.10 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 1422367258