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Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

Americanization of Benjamin Franklin - 04 edition

Americanization of Benjamin Franklin - 04 edition

ISBN13: 9780143035282

ISBN10: 0143035282

Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by Gordon S. Wood - ISBN 9780143035282
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 04
Copyright: 2004
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by Gordon S. Wood - ISBN 9780143035282

ISBN13: 9780143035282

ISBN10: 0143035282

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 04

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Summary

From "the preeminent historian of the Revolution" (Jonathan Yardley), a groundbreaking study, many years in the making, of Benjamin Franklin the man, Benjamin Franklin the myth, and the roots of American character.

From the most respected chronicler of the early days of the Republic--and winner of both the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes--comes a landmark work that rescues Benjamin Franklin from a mythology that has blinded generations of Americans to the man he really was and makes sense of aspects of his life and career that would have otherwise remained mysterious. In place of the genial polymath, self-improver, and quintessential American, Gordon S. Wood reveals a figure much more ambiguous and complex--and much more interesting. Charting the passage of Franklin's life and reputation from relative popular indifference (his death, while the occasion for mass mourning in France, was widely ignored in America) to posthumous glory, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin sheds invaluable light on the emergence of our country's idea of itself.