The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

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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.
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subject_facetFranklin, Benjamin, -- 1706-1790
Franklin, Benjamin, -- 1706-1790 -- Influence
Franklin, Benjamin, -- 1706-1790 -- Public opinion
Inventors -- United States -- Biography
Printers -- United States -- Biography
Public opinion -- United States
Scientists -- United States -- Biography
Statesmen -- United States -- Biography
title_displayThe Americanization of Benjamin Franklin
title_fullThe Americanization of Benjamin Franklin
The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin [electronic resource] / Gordon S. Wood
title_shortThe Americanization of Benjamin Franklin
topic_facetBiography & Autobiography
Franklin, Benjamin
History
Influence
Inventors
Nonfiction
Printers
Public opinion
Scientists
Statesmen