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Benjamin Franklin by Edmund S. Morgan
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Dec 20, 2008

Read in April, 2005

Interesting that Franklin is considered the “first American”, considering he held onto his dream that the colonies would remain tied to England until it was obvious to him that reconciliation was no longer an option. And considering he spent more time in Europe than in America, and seemed to prefer the company of Europeans over his fellow colonials. But I’m always amazed how much more generally accomplished the great men of those times were compared to the great men of today,presumably because the disciplines of science have become so much more specialized.
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