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[BOOKS] ⚣ Benjamin Franklin Author Carl Van Doren – Eiyo.us

Benjamin Franklin Carl Van Doren Received The Pulitzer Prize In Biography For This Work It Contains The Most Extensive Collection Of Benjamin Franklin S Autobiographical Writings, Much Of Which Was Long Out Of Print Also Included Are Some Fifty Letters Written By Franklin That Were Never Published Before

[BOOKS] ⚣ Benjamin Franklin  Author Carl Van Doren – Eiyo.us
  • Paperback
  • 864 pages
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Carl Van Doren
  • English
  • 09 February 2018
  • 0140152601

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  1. says:

    Among my bibliophile friends, is a subset who enjoy historical biographies A friend loaned me this bio of Benjamin Franklin, a 1939 Pulitzer winner that occupies 800 dense pages I flinched, but Steve loved it, so I put my head down and tucked in.Other than facts learned in grade school, my first exposure to Franklin was from his autobiography What a manThen I looked at him through John and Abigail Adams eyes lascivious and scandalous What a jerkSo help me, after reading this I now Among my bibliophile friends, is a subset who enjoy historical biographies A friend loaned me this bio of Benjamin Franklin, a 1939 Pulitzer winner that occupies 800 dense pages I flinched, but Steve loved it, so I put my head down and tucked in.Other than facts learned in grade school, my first exposure to Franklin was from his autobiography What a manThen I looked at him through John and Abigail Adams eyes lascivious and scandalous What a jerkSo help me, after reading this I now find him charming and witty And amazing Though he is flawed, I applaud This is a sympathetic biography I don t believe it crosses the line, but it is certainly in the suburbs of hagiography Here s how it begins This is a long book It could twice as easily have been three times as long From Franklin s beginnings as a journalist at sixteen to his retirement from public affairs at eighty two there was no break in his activity, and he was and is unsurpassed by any man in the range of his natural gifts and of the important uses he put them too. I ve copied quotes and made notes inthan 30 pages of my journal Here are a few things I noticed He lived a considerable time overseas as a diplomat Ten years in England Nine years in France Before there was a United States, Franklin was its first ambassador He was estranged from his son, William, because William governor of New Jersey was a loyalist Their relationship before the war was very close At one time he was considered the most famous man in the world His was a curious man electricity, Gulf stream, Scottish tunes, women s make up He loved children he loved big families BF s friends children became BF s friends He shared a bed with John Adams when the inn was full He was the reason France loaned millions to America He was once a slave owner, but ended his days as an abolitionist He is the epitome of an autodidact, a life long learner The short list of people he personally knew Cotton Mather, George Whitefield, King George III, Adam Smith, King Louis XVI, Edmund Burke, William Pitt, William WilberforceI don t think I ve ever read an index of a book before, but I read this one as a review And there it is Nudism, BF s, 405 What Yep, he spent his first hour awake reading and writing sans clothes There were sections of slogging but I can t remember them now The closer to the end I go, the sharper my interest became


  2. says:

    I m a fast reader, and this book is the only book ever to make me want to slow my reading and savor the author s words Profound sentences I would read over and over again It s a huge undertaking, to be sure, but worth every moment to read about about on of the Greatest Americans.


  3. says:

    This was one of the longest books on tape I have undertaken, and it was very rewarding Franklin was a wonderful man and lived a tremendously interesting and pivotal life He is one of the founding fathers, so the country s birth is woven into his own life story He led an exemplary life, and I grew so attached to him during the telling that I was moved to tears at the moment of his death His story reminded me of Alfred Sloan because both were intimately involved in the blossoming of a trade p This was one of the longest books on tape I have undertaken, and it was very rewarding Franklin was a wonderful man and lived a tremendously interesting and pivotal life He is one of the founding fathers, so the country s birth is woven into his own life story He led an exemplary life, and I grew so attached to him during the telling that I was moved to tears at the moment of his death His story reminded me of Alfred Sloan because both were intimately involved in the blossoming of a trade print Franklin or an industry automobiles Sloan and he reminded me of Samuel Johnson because he was so wise and literary


  4. says:

    Benjamin Franklin 1939, by Carl Van Doran This very detailed work must surely include at least one excerpt from every documented written word that Franklin ever composed Carl Van Doran is skilled at framing the endless supply of witty quotes giving them context and definition The in congruencies between Franklin s own autobiography and Van Doran s biography are numerous and sometimes humorous Written in his mid eighties, Franklin shares in his autobiography that one of the secrets to his su Benjamin Franklin 1939, by Carl Van Doran This very detailed work must surely include at least one excerpt from every documented written word that Franklin ever composed Carl Van Doran is skilled at framing the endless supply of witty quotes giving them context and definition The in congruencies between Franklin s own autobiography and Van Doran s biography are numerous and sometimes humorous Written in his mid eighties, Franklin shares in his autobiography that one of the secrets to his success lies in his ability to utilize time, insisting that he never squandered his evenings away drinking ale in pubs Carl Van Doran manages to find a long list of hugely entertaining beer drinking songs composed and disseminated to friends by the young Benjamin Franklin himself Besides singing in pubs, the breadth of Franklin s accomplishments are of course enormous His life is worth knowing, the biography well written, making this book one of the best sellers of 1939


  5. says:

    A really nice biography which uses lots of contemporary primary sources like diary excerpts as opposed to only citing the usual sources like Franklin s autobiography written much later in his life, etc.


  6. says:

    I am fascinated by the life and times of Benjamin Franklin, he was born in 1706 and left Boston in 1722 to establish himself in Philadelphia He established himself as one of America s first men of letters and as a eminent scientist He was the first American to get recognition from Europe for his prodigious genius and talent Through out the story, I was blown away by the breadth and depth of his interest in almost everything His accomplishment are many, they are scientific, political, and lit I am fascinated by the life and times of Benjamin Franklin, he was born in 1706 and left Boston in 1722 to establish himself in Philadelphia He established himself as one of America s first men of letters and as a eminent scientist He was the first American to get recognition from Europe for his prodigious genius and talent Through out the story, I was blown away by the breadth and depth of his interest in almost everything His accomplishment are many, they are scientific, political, and literary He was one of the most famous people in the world in his time, and still may be historically one of the greatest of all time I was constantly impressed by his wisdom, sagacity, and wit He has many great quotes that still carry great truths today.Carl Van Doren is an able Biographer, and brings as much of Dr Franklin s own words, and of the words of his colleagues, as possible Sometimes 2 3 pages are dedicated to the reading and analysis of some of Dr Franklin s literary works, whether it is a letter to the Prime Minister of Britain or a casual private correspondence or a article published in a paper I was able to get the full view of Dr Franklin s thoughts, views, and actions as much as history of this period allows Very impressed by this book and story, I would recommend it to everyone


  7. says:

    This biography tells the story of the remarkable life of Benjamin Franklin by closely following textual sources during his early life mostly hewing to his own writings before expanding, during the revolutionary years, to include his extensive correspondence In fact, I would venture that at least 50% of the text in this book is in the form of direct quotation, a much higher fraction than in any biography I have read before For me, this approach worked well, since I went in with a strong interes This biography tells the story of the remarkable life of Benjamin Franklin by closely following textual sources during his early life mostly hewing to his own writings before expanding, during the revolutionary years, to include his extensive correspondence In fact, I would venture that at least 50% of the text in this book is in the form of direct quotation, a much higher fraction than in any biography I have read before For me, this approach worked well, since I went in with a strong interest in Franklin But, for thecasual reader, the book could get boring I had never appreciated before reading this just how long Franklin had spent in Europe decades first as agent in England and then as ambassador to France van Doren advocates a point of view, which I think is well supported, that there were two principal leaders of the revolution Washington, in America, trying to win the martial war and Franklin, in Paris, trying to win the war for funding, support, and recognition As Jefferson wrote I told Washington that the world had drawn so broad a line between him and Dr Franklin, on the one side, and the residue of mankind, on the other, that we might wear mourning for them, and the question still remain new and undecided as to all others


  8. says:

    This book is an absolute masterpiece One of the best biographies I have ever read about anyone It is a very long book, but for good reason There is so much detail about every aspect of Franklin s life, from his boyhood to his time as elder statesman I learned so much about this amazing man, and came to love him dearly, as so many have done before me, because of every wonderful page of writing I can t imagine how much work writing this incredible volume had to have taken, and how much resear This book is an absolute masterpiece One of the best biographies I have ever read about anyone It is a very long book, but for good reason There is so much detail about every aspect of Franklin s life, from his boyhood to his time as elder statesman I learned so much about this amazing man, and came to love him dearly, as so many have done before me, because of every wonderful page of writing I can t imagine how much work writing this incredible volume had to have taken, and how much research and painstaking digging into every facet of Franklin s being, and I can t praise Carl Van Doren enough Everyone who loves our country, everyone who loves history, or who just thinks they know and love Franklin should read this incredible book


  9. says:

    A comprehensive look at the man NOT easy to read or follow Once I figured out that it wasn t organized chronologically, rather by subject each chapter starting chronologically on a different topic loosely it was easier to follow, but not terribly exciting reading.


  10. says:

    More work than fun Franklin is an amazing man, but this is not an amazing book Truman the man was not half as interesting as Franklin the man, but Truman the book by McCullough is twice as interesting as this book If you re interested in Franklin, find a different book.

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