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The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin is a landmark work, a magnificent fresh vision of Franklin's life and reputation, filled with profound insights into the Revolution and into the emergence of America's idea of itself.
Audie Award Finalist, Non-Fiction (unabridged), 2005
" "A fascinating portrait of Franklin, not only as a forefather but as a man." (Publishers Weekly)
"This superbly written work provides a fresh perspective on a justly admired but enigmatic figure." (Booklist)
"Engaging....A skilled writer with both Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes to his credit, he [Wood] possesses as profound a grasp of the early days of the Republic as anyone currently working." (The New York Times Book Review)
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By Tina on 12-31-11
My 3rd or 4th favorite history/biography book
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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By Katherine on 08-29-14
Another fantastic book by Gordon S. Wood
If I had to choose a favorite historian, it would be Gordon S. Wood. His scholarship is masterful, and he combines it with a lovely literary style that is very accessible to the general reader. This book on Benjamin Franklin - not a complete biography, but rather an exploration of how Franklin came to be the archetypal American - is a wonderful example. Read it to learn how Franklin's thinking about the British empire and and society, as well as the ancient aristocratic denigration of work, evolved into the uniquely American elevation of the "middling" classes that was readily apparent by the time of Alexis de Toqueville.
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