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Where does The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
I've read and listened to this story and I really like it. It is well-titled but I hadn't really thought about the title when I started it. This book tells the story of Franklin transitioning from a proud Englishman to an independent American. He was such an interesting man, although not so wonderful perhaps in the husband/father category. Regardless, one should admire this pivotal figure in American history.
What other book might you compare The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin to and why?
It's very unique. Franklin had so many different interests and he influenced many different areas of his time period. He lived a long life and understood the value of print to promote his many ideas and beliefs.
Have you listened to any of Peter Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
Not that I can remember.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Not that I can remember. It just made me understand more of the impact he had on the development of our nation.
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In far less space than the typical doorstop tome, Wood illuminates Franklin's long professional and intellectual trek to become the most "American" of the founders. Anyone who relies on their high school or college understanding of Franklin will profit from Wood's treatment of a man who was truly a lifelong learner, but one careful never to be too far out in front of what the traffic would bear. Insufficiently appreciated in his time, Franklin turns out to be every bit as much responsible for the success of American independence even if his vision of how to frame the Constitution of the new nation did not emerge as the orthodox view. A great listen.
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