The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by Gordon S. Wood audiobook

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

By Gordon S. Wood
Read by Peter Johnson

Highbridge Audio, HighBridge

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665169660

  • ISBN: 9781665169646

  • ISBN: 9781665169653

Runtime: 10.54 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

One of the 2004 New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Nonfiction

A 2005 Audie Award Finalist

From the most respected chronicler of the early days of the Republic—and winner of both the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes—comes 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—and much more interesting.

Charting the passage of Franklin's 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 Franklin sheds invaluable light on the emergence of our country's idea of itself.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“[Wood] possesses as profound a grasp of the early days of the Republic as anyone now working.” New York Times Book Review
“Exceptionally rich perspective on one of the most accomplished, complex, and unpredictable Americans of his own time or any other.” Washington Post Book World
“An illuminating, accessible, and entertaining contribution to the growing literature about Benjamin Franklin.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Well written and researched, this book provides a fresh perspective on one of America’s most distinguished figures.” Library Journal
“[Gordon Wood] conveys complex ideas in beguilingly simple prose, and deftly weaves the connections between the different Franklins.” New York Review of Books

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Author

Author Bio: Gordon S. Wood

Author Bio: Gordon S. Wood

Gordon S. Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and professor of history at Brown University. His 1969 book, The Creation of the American Republic 1776–1787, received the Bancroft and John H. Dunning prizes and was nominated for the National Book Award. His 1992 book, The Radicalism of the American Revolution, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Emerson Prize. Wood contributes regularly to the New Republic and the New York Review of Books.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 10.54
Audience: Adult
Language: English