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Benjamin Rush: Patriot and Physician

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The only full biography of Benjamin Rush, an extraordinary Founding Father and America's leading physician of the Colonial era

While Benjamin Rush appears often and meaningfully in biographies about John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin, this legendary man is presented as little more than a historical footnote. Yet, he was a propelling force in what culminated
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Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Truman Talley Books (first published 2004)
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Eric Sevigny
Aug 27, 2014 Eric Sevigny rated it did not like it
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This is the worst written biography I have ever attempted to read. I was looking for something on this under-acknowledged Founding Father, and this was not it. The writer accuses colonial writing of being overwrought and dense, but he was calling the kettle black. For example, in describing one early passage, he writes, "Discernible among this veritable salmagundi of purple prose..." and in another passage notes his use of a quote is "less for what information it might impart than to illustrate ...more
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Jun 30, 2017 Ken rated it really liked it
Only modern bio on an important American Revolution founding father. Found the writing a bit verbose but not terribly. He had many blind spots, but initiated many laudable ventures. A suggested read for the AR enthusiast.
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He is the greatest founding father that you never heard of
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This is about my great, great, great, great, great.... grandfather.
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Recommends it for: readers interested in the Revolution and Founders.
My interest in Dr. Rush was piqued by the miniseries "John Adams" which alluded to the friendship between Rush and Adams that lasted until Rush's death in 1813. As a matter of fact it was Rush, to some degree, who was able to reconcile Adams and Jefferson after a long personal and political drought.
Rush himself, a Founder I knew little about, is entitled to be included in that group of titans. Signer of the Declaration, political essayist, military director of the Continental army, humanitarian
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