Award-winning author Philip Dray delves into the lesser-known side of an American icon in Stealing God's Thunder. Benjamin Franklin, more often viewed as a statesman and founding father than as a man of science, challenged religion, science, and reason with his inventions. But in a time when everything was blamed on sin, it was the lightning rod, Franklin's attempt to control the heavens, that caused the greatest controversy.More
"Dray provides not only a masterful glimpse of this aspect of Franklin's work but also a captivating cultural history of Franklin's America." (Publishers Weekly)
"Tracing Franklin's beliefs through science, Dray's congenial history has information that will surprise even veteran Franklin fans." (Booklist)
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Eye opening and informative
This is among the best books I've had the opportunity to listen to so far on Audible. Dray moves briskly through Franklin's life and gives the reader a fascinating window into the scientific activities he was engaged in AND how they affected his role as a political leader. Highly recommend this recording for other audible customers!
- Sam Novey