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The First American by H.W. Brands
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it was amazing

"Finally," this is what all my goodread friends are saying. I started this book seven months ago. What took me so long. First, I don't actually read that much. Secondly, I often found myself pausing while reading to look up some piece of information. I was led down many a wikipedia trail reading this book. Finally, the printer printed on big pages in a small font.

Ok all my excuses are finished, what about the book. I personally prefer learning about history through the lens of biography. Given that caveat, I consider The First American to be one of the best historical books I've ever read. We get an intimate portrait of the greatest thinker of his time if not one of the greatest thinkers in all of history. The author exposes us to a very human Franklin. We see witness his sadness at the breaking of relations with his son, who chose loyalty to the crown over loyalty to his father.

Beyond Franklin himself we encounter a treasure of information about the milieu that produced the revolution and eventually, the United States. I learned more about what lead to the revolution reading this book than I did in all the schooling I had. I highly recommend it to anybody with an interest in the period

"Go on doing great things and loving pretty women"
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Reading Progress

February 25, 2014 – Started Reading
February 25, 2014 – Shelved
Finished Reading
March 6, 2014 –
page 37
4.84%
March 7, 2014 –
page 82
10.72%
March 27, 2014 –
page 106
13.86%
April 13, 2014 –
page 132
17.25%
April 20, 2014 –
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20.52%
May 8, 2014 –
page 186
24.31%
May 17, 2014 –
page 206
26.93%
May 25, 2014 –
page 219
28.63%
June 1, 2014 –
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34.38%
June 10, 2014 –
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38.04%
June 14, 2014 –
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40.13%
June 20, 2014 –
page 331
43.27%
June 22, 2014 –
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46.93%
June 28, 2014 –
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49.41%
July 13, 2014 –
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55.56%
July 17, 2014 –
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58.04%
July 21, 2014 –
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July 24, 2014 –
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67.97%
August 3, 2014 –
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74.51%
September 20, 2014 –
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