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Benjamin Franklin

An American Life

Walter Isaacson

In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson, bestselling author of Einstein and Steve Jobs, shows how the most fascinating of America's founders helped define our national character.Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us, the one who seems made of flesh rather than marble. In a sweeping narrative tha...
Publish Date
July 1
Goodreads rating
Dec 04, 2011
Am reading a great biography of Ben Franklin by Isaacson. Highly recommended.      source
I’ve recommended Benjamin Franklin to thousands and thousands of people.      source
The one book we encourage startup founders to read is Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People. It's critically important for anyone in business. Try to get a used copy printed before the 1960s; after Carnegie died, the book continued to be "updated" by a committee, and the changes were not for the better. I'd also recommend Franklin's Autobiography.      source
I read this book and "Einstein" and probed Walter Isaacson about them to try to glean what characteristics they had in common.      source
I read this book and I am blown away and a little sad because I feel like, 'God damn, I went through all this education. No one ever taught me any of this stuff.'      source