The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by Gordon S. Wood 0143035282 9780143035282
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From the most respected chronicler of the early days of the Republic?nd winner of both the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes?omes 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?nd much more interesting. Charting the passage of Franklin? 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 Franklinsheds invaluable light on the emergence of our country? idea of itself.

Author: Gordon S. Wood

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 320

Publisher: Penguin Books

Publication Date: 2005-05-31

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