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The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin by Gordon S. Wood
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From the most respected chronicler of the early days of the Republic—and winner of both the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes—comes a landmark work that rescues Benjamin Franklin from a mythology that has blinded generations of Americans to the man he really was and makes sense of aspects of his life and career that would have otherwise remained mysterious. In place of the genial polymath, self-improver, and quintessential American, Gordon S. Wood reveals a figure much more ambiguous and complex—and much more interesting. Charting the passage of Franklin’s life and reputation from relative popular indifference (his death, while the occasion for mass mourning in France, was widely ignored in America) to posthumous glory, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin sheds invaluable light on the emergence of our country’s idea of itself.
Penguin Publishing Group; May 2005
320 pages; ISBN 9781101200902
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Title: The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin
Author: Gordon S. Wood
 
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9780143035282
9780786547876
9780786547883
9780786596287
9781101200902