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Benjamin Franklin: an American Life

Walter Isaacson

Benjamin Franklin: an American Life

by Walter Isaacson

Benjamin Franklin: an American Life

Walter Isaacson

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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life takes a thorough look at the life of one of the most influential humans that ever lived and explains how he could achieve such greatness in so many different fields and areas.

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Benjamin Franklin: an American Life

by Walter Isaacson

Benjamin Franklin: an American Life

Walter Isaacson

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Pro book tip: When you see a biography of an iconic, historic figure, written by Walter Isaacson, just get it. They're always worth it. Especially if you read a couple by the same author, you'll notice that even among the most shimmering characters in history, there are stark differences.

For example, while most of them are known for specifically changing one industry or field. Einstein did with physics, Marcus Aurelius did with philosophy and Nelson Mandela did with equality, some people you keep bumping into in totally unrelated areas.

Benjamin Franklin is one of those. He's referenced in books about innovation, deliberate practice and money, just to name a few. But of course you also know him for being a great businessman, writer, shaping the founding of the United States and oh, discovering electricity.

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