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Benjamin Franklin [PDF / Epub] ☁ Benjamin Franklin By Carl Van Doren – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk 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 A Carl Van Doren received thePulitzer 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.


10 thoughts on “Benjamin Franklin

  1. Carol Bakker Carol Bakker 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 fin 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 got, the sharper my interest became


  2. Jeff Jeff 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


  3. Barbara Townsend Barbara Townsend 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.


  4. Logan Logan says:

    Not the best biography I ve ever read, but still a very masterful interweaving of quotations from Franklin with the narrative of his life and influence The first half was frustrating because it seemed mostly a re stating and quoting of Franklin s autobiography, yet it makes sense that this would be the case, as Franklin s own account is really the only one existing.Franklin himself was a fascinating individual and I love the curious way he looked at the world He was never content to let some c Not the best biography I ve ever read, but still a very masterful interweaving of quotations from Franklin with the narrative of his life and influence The first half was frustrating because it seemed mostly a re stating and quoting of Franklin s autobiography, yet it makes sense that this would be the case, as Franklin s own account is really the only one existing.Franklin himself was a fascinating individual and I love the curious way he looked at the world He was never content to let some comment slide, e.g., when someone mentions that the Dutch barges go slower when the water in the canals is lower, he has to experiment to figure out why He may have softened in his Deism in later years, though still never came fully to acknowledge Christ Still, it is easy to see why he was so famous and beloved in his own day and even today it would be difficult to find another his equal


  5. Jeff Keehr Jeff Keehr 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


  6. Marie Carmean Marie Carmean 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


  7. Helen Azar Helen Azar 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.


  8. Joseph Wycoff Joseph Wycoff says:

    Van Doren s biography relies heavily on long passages from the many personal letters and public writings of Benjamin Franklin The strength of Van Doren s approach rests in the selections he offers in support of the modest narrative presented to the reader Three aspects of Franklin s character and life become most prominent in the course of Van Doren s work First, Franklin was an indefatigable natural philosopher who never ceased to engage in research and discussions of the most significant di Van Doren s biography relies heavily on long passages from the many personal letters and public writings of Benjamin Franklin The strength of Van Doren s approach rests in the selections he offers in support of the modest narrative presented to the reader Three aspects of Franklin s character and life become most prominent in the course of Van Doren s work First, Franklin was an indefatigable natural philosopher who never ceased to engage in research and discussions of the most significant discoveries of the age Franklin s detailed descriptions of his own experiments provide insight into a meticulous mind seeking a first principle or law on which to build scientific and philosophical knowledge Second, Franklin seemed never to be far from a printing press, even going so far as to set up a press in his quarters in France during the American Revolutionary War At a young age, he regarded the new technology as the key instrument of liberty Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech a thing terrible to public traitors 27 In his mature years as a diplomat and a humorist, he wielded the power of the press to satirize the official doctrines and agents of Great Britain with his most famous political tracts Third, Franklin imagined America as a country at a time when it added up to less than the sum of its colonial parts In the colonial era to 1757, he never ceased in the effort to build a continental community of acquaintances and learned men in his capacity as a printer and postmaster Remarkably, during his long absence in England and France thereafter, his notion of American as a nation grewclear and distinct in defense of the rights and interests of the colonists After his political philosophy came to fruition in the Declaration of Independence and U.S Constitution, Franklin considered the new American nation best suited to those who lacked social station or economic means in their own nations When foreigners after looking about for some other country in which they can obtainhappiness give a preference to ours, it is a proof of attachment which ought to excite our confidence and affection 752 A biography for those with an interest in numerous excerpts from Benjamin Franklin s vast body of writings in historical context


  9. Mike Hohrath Mike Hohrath 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


  10. Bryan Bryan says:

    Benjamin Franklin was first a publisher, then a scientist, and finally the greatest diplomat America has ever produced He led the quintessential American life, always wise, never snobbish, with the can do attitude for whatever happened to be his latest pursuit This book details the life of a fascinating man whose life is deserving of the legend that has built up around it.I laughed out loud at a quote of Franklin s about John Adams I think the quote could apply to me, which is probably why I Benjamin Franklin was first a publisher, then a scientist, and finally the greatest diplomat America has ever produced He led the quintessential American life, always wise, never snobbish, with the can do attitude for whatever happened to be his latest pursuit This book details the life of a fascinating man whose life is deserving of the legend that has built up around it.I laughed out loud at a quote of Franklin s about John Adams I think the quote could apply to me, which is probably why I enjoyed it so much He means well for his country is always an honest man, often a wise one, but sometimes, and in some things, absolutely out of his senses I also liked another quote at the signing of the Declaration of Independence Now we must all hang together, John Hancock said as he signed the Declaration.To which Franklin replied, Yes, we must all hang together or, most assuredly, we will all hang separately Great Book


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