The Most Dangerous Man in America
- Narrated by: Lois Betterton
- Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
- Unabridged Audiobook
- Release date: 01-25-06
- Language: English
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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By Michael on 08-20-08
Did this need to be written?
There are several very good Franklin biographies which are both enjoyable and informative. This volume does not claim to be a biography, it seems like a bunch of unconnected notes with little theme or coherency put into a book form. . If you haven't read a Franklin biography, this would not be a good introduction, if you have read one or more good Franklin biographies, this would be unnecessary and unsatisfying.
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By Keith Pyne-Howarth on 07-02-18
A unique, highly engaging perspective spiced by bright, restrained opinion
The Author, Catherine Bowen, was we are informed completing this book while in her own dying process. Unfamiliar as her other work is to me, I can't speculate on whether or what effect her circumstances may have had on her authorship, but something unique and worthwhile was lost on her passing, and that quality is conveyed in nearly every sentence of this book.
This is not intended as a comprehensive overview of Franklin's life. Instead, Bowen selects episodes from his many experiences and enriches them with details I've found nowhere else, and in a manner steeped with acumen, warmth, and insight. It's worth stressing how different this approach is to the typical biography. Bowen seems possessed of a particularly exercised perception. She applies this power many times though the chapters, breathing light and life into dusty yesterdays, saturating Franklin with a far greater depth of personage, of relatable personality, than any other historian has captured or conveyed.
Not every conclusion or, perhaps, not every doubt benefited, rings as perfect and true. But the whole of her thesis and the great bulk of her insights widen the eye to the Great Man as few others have. The last few chapters and afterward are, in particular, riveting, illuminating, powerful, and deeply poignant. Read this book. You will not see Franklin or his life and times quite the same again. It's just that good.