Jennifer's Reviews > The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

The First American by H.W. Brands
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Aug 05, 10

Read in July, 2010

I only got a third of the way through this hefty volume before I had to give it back to the library--I was ready for a change of pace and didn't renew it, but I enjoyed what I read. The anecdotes and explanations of both Franklin's life and the historical setting were pretty engaging. Perhaps I should read his Autobiography first, but I also like how the author challenges those writings, showing that the interpretation Franklin brought to his own story when he wrote it as an older man was not necessarily the same way he felt as a young man. The main impression I came away with was that Franklin was a really bright guy, of course, and he'd be the first to tell you so.
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