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Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson
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Oct 21, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: american-history, american-revolution-era, non-fiction
Read from October 21 to November 13, 2011

A solid biography of Benjamin Franklin that does justice to all aspects of his life. I enjoyed this read and although I already knew the overarching story, I learned what felt like dozens of anecdotes about Franklin and his life. I especially enjoyed the parts about his printing business and his scientific pursuits.

I was a bit put off by the way the book was set up. I did not care for having the "outline" format where he would deal with one specific aspect of Franklin and then move on to a different aspect, each with its own sub-heading. To me it tried to put Franklin in a box too much rather than just write a flowing narrative. The writing itself was great, and the history was outstanding, but I would have liked it better if the author had tried to weave the story together in one seamless flow.

I would recommend this book to any lovers of history.

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