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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 history's most influential figures.


Benjamin Franklin: an American Life

Benjamin Franklin: an American Life

by Walter Isaacson


Benjamin Franklin is one of the most famous people in history. He's referenced in books about innovation, deliberate practice, and money, just to name a few. Franklin was a polymath who achieved success as a writer and a businessman, as well as his more notable achievements — like founding the United States.

Walter Isaacson is a renowned historian and author. His bestselling biographies have included those of Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, and Leonardo Da Vinci. In Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, Isaacson explores the Founding Father's life, character, and legacy.

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Knowledge is obtained rather by the use of the ear than of the tongue.

- Benjamin Franklin, Founding Father of the United States

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