The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin
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About the Author
H. W. BRANDS holds the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at the University of Texas at Austin. A New York Times bestselling author, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in biography for The First American and Traitor to His Class.
"Like its subject, this biography is both solid and enchanting." --The New Yorker "[A] biography with a rich cast of secondary characters and a large and handsome stock of historical scenery. . . . Brands writes clearly and confidently about the full spectrum of the polymath's interests. . . . This is a Franklin to savor." --The Wall Street Journal "Benjamin Franklin's life is one every American should know well, and it has not been told better than by Mr. Brands." --The Dallas Morning News
"A vivid portrait of the 18th-century milieu and of the 18th-century man. . . . [Brands is] a master storyteller." --The Christian Science Monitor "A thorough biography of Benjamin Franklin, America's first Renaissance man. . . . In graceful, even witty prose. . . . Brands relates the entire, dense-packed life." --The Washington Post
"A lively re-introduction to Franklin. . . . Rich in the descriptions of settings, personalities, and action. . . . [Brands] offers . . . a succession of amusing anecdotes and vivid tales." --The New Republic "Comprehensive, lively. . . . [Brands] is a skilled narrator who believes in making good history accessible to the non-specializing book lover, and the general reader can read this book with sustained enjoyment." --The Boston Globe