Hi, welcome to Bookey. Today, we will unlock the book ‘Benjamin Franklin: An American Life’. When it comes to Benjamin Franklin, we all know of his tremendous achievements across various fields. He was one of America’s most accomplished and charismatic Founding Fathers. He was both a scientist with extensive knowledge, and an eloquent diplomat; both a pioneer of social reforms, and a well-known writer.
George Washington, who was also a Founding Father of the United States of America, once said: “I admire three people in my life: the first is Benjamin Franklin. The second is Benjamin Franklin. And the third is still Benjamin Franklin.” It is through this statement, we can see just how great Franklin was.
Today’s book ‘Benjamin Franklin: An American Life’ does a perfect representation of a charismatic Franklin. Interesting and meticulously researched, it uses an objective and impartial viewpoint to demonstrate Franklin’s life, his rise from an ordinary citizen to the peak of his career, and his remarkable achievements across many fields.
This book combines the story of Franklin’s life with the evolution of American history. Thus, letting us understand Franklin not only as an individual, but also the difficult journey of America, from thirteen colonies to an independent nation. Furthermore, we can come to understand the enormous role Franklin played in leading America to independence and establishing the national governance system.
In the process of reading this book, we have the deep feeling that Franklin is a wise old man narrating his life next to us, bit by bit. We can hear his emotions, as well as his inner conflicts and struggles. This is one of the most appealing aspects of the book.
The author of this book, Walter Isaacson, is a famous American biographer. He was authorized to write the first biography of the founder of Apple, Steve Jobs. He also published several best-selling biographies, including ‘Kissinger: A Biography’ and ‘Einstein: His Life and Universe’. In this book, Isaacson presents readers Franklin’s legendary life through his remarkable writing skills and years of experience as a biography writer.
A review by The Houston Chronicle’ reads: “...it transforms marble men into flesh-and-blood figures, complex and admirable if hardly perfect...A good read.” The New York Times commented: “This may be the book that most powerfully adds another notch to Franklin’s reputation.”
In this Bookey, we will focus on Franklin’s contributions as a scientist, a pioneer of social reforms and a politician, and will walk you through the life of this great man.
Part One: A pragmatic scientist;
Part Two: A pioneer of social reforms;
Part Three: A charismatic politician.