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Franklin & Washington: The Founding Partnership

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  7 reviews
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning historian comes a masterful, first-of-its-kind dual biography of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington, illuminating their partnership's enduring importance.

One of Washington Post's "10 Books to Read in February"One ofUSA Today’s“Must-Read Books" of Winter 2020 •One ofPublishers Weekly's "Top Ten"Spring 2020 Memoirs/Biographies

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Published February 11th 2020 by William Morrow
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    Angie Boyter
    Nov 10, 2019 rated it liked it
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    3+ The publisher’s description of Franklin and Washington calls it a “dual biography”; I think this will set up the wrong expectation in a reader. The book has interesting details about Franklin and Washington’s lives, but I think it is better described as a history of the founding of our country, with an emphasis on the contributions of these two men.
    Indeed, one might wonder if our country would have been founded at all without Franklin and Washington, given their central roles in so many
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    Linda
    Dec 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    3.5 stars.
    Interesting concept: The friendship and partnership of founding Americans Ben Franklin and George Washington is an overlooked and crucial piece of history.
    This book is a great review of the events that transpired in and related to the American colonies from about 1750-1800. It's a helpful chronology, it brings in other key players without overwhelming the reader with too many to keep track of, and it successfully weaves in Franklin's and Washington's separate and joint contributions.
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    Carl R.
    Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Pretty much everyone knows that Benjamin Franklin and George Washington were prime movers and shakers both pre-and post the American revolution and that their work did as much as any human efforts to shape this country. Libraries of books have been published about both of them. Hours of instruction have been spent exploring their lives and writings. What, then, you might ask yourself, as I did myself, does the world need with still more?

    Edward J. Larson answers the question in fairly short
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    Bookreporter.com Biography & Memoir
    With a critical presidential election less than nine months away, millions of Americans are looking for guidance before they cast what might be the most important vote of a lifetime. Perhaps they would be wise to turn their attention from the din of social media to American history for both reassurance and inspiration. A good starting point in their search could be Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Edward J. Larson’s FRANKLIN & WASHINGTON: The Founding Partnership, an impressive joint survey ...more
    Janilyn Kocher
    Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Larson groups two founding fathers together in an unusual combination, Franklin and Washington. Both would become larger than life. They had simllar outlooks and convictions about the burgeoning republic. The best chapter is about the constitutional convention. However, most of the information Larson provided in the book lacks originality. Most of it has been covered in other biographies of the two. Thanks to Edelweiss and William Morrow for the advance copy.
    Bonnie
    Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    I really loved this book. It covered over 30 years of their friendship. I loved the part where Franklin invented some sort of chair that had a pedal on it that once it was pumped a fan would go around. Once Washington saw it he wanted one so Franklin made one for him. The book has all kinds of interesting things in it and well worth the read.
    Suzi
    Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    well written but too much like being back in history class
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    Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian and legal scholar. He is university professor of history and holds the Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. He was formerly Herman E. Talmadge Chair of Law and Richard B. Russell Professor of American History at the University of Georgia.