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Benjamin Franklin by Edmund S. Morgan
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Nov 06, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: bio-memoir
Recommended for: people who are interested in the founding fathers.
Read in November, 2008

We all know about the kite and we picture Benjamin Franklin in his little glasses looking quite serious, but after reading this book, it seems like Franklin was a a very flirtatious, intelligent, charming, diplomatic man. He sounds like a lot of fun and someone with a lot of big ideas and the drive to carry out his ambition. He did own slaves for a few years though before he became an abolitionist, so we probably would not have hung out and what not. The book is pretty engaging and the author does a good job with balancing Franklin's social life with his professional life, which often overlapped. The overall portrait of Franklin is perhaps a little too generous though and I think the author's genuine admiration for Franklin may have influenced him to create a bit of a saintly persona. Other than that though, it's a great read.
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