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Benjamin Franklin and the Birth of America: Franklin's French Adventure 1776–85
 
 
Author
Stacy Schiff.
Publisher Bloomsbury  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.75 x 5.1 x 1.3 inches
ISBN 9780747579632
Pages/Publication Date 478/2005
Daedalus Item Code 42712
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(Winner of the 2006 George Washington Book Prize, a Best Book of the Year for the Chicago Tribune and Economist, and a New York Times Notable Book) When Benjamin Franklin embarked for France in 1776, it was to solicit aid for the colonies, which were without money, munitions, gunpowder, or common cause, notes Pulitzer Prize–winning biographer Stacy Schiff. Franklin was 70 years old, without diplomatic training, and possessed only rudimentary French, yet he was able to obtain—in large part due to his fame, charisma, and ingenuity—France's underwriting of the American Revolution. Here the biographer of Véra Nabokov, Cleopatra, and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry illuminates this little-known part of Franklin's life.

"This is a book to savor. Every page has some new nugget of insight, or some graceful turn of phrase that generates a verbal airburst over the most psychologically agile American of his time, perhaps of all time. Schiff has given a genuine jolt to the recent surge of interest in Franklin, along the way demonstrating why she is generally regarded as one of the most gifted storytellers writing today."—Joseph J. Ellis

 
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