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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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Book Details

ISBN: 9780143035282
ISBN-10: 0143035282
Format: Paperback / softback
(213mm x 137mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Penguin Books
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publish Date: 31-May-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Gordon S Wood

Gordon S. Wood is the Alva O. Way University Professor and professor of history at Brown University. His 1969 bookThe Creation of the American Republic 1776-1787received the Bancroft and John H. Dunning prizes, and was nominated for the National Book Award. His 1992 bookThe Radicalism of the American Revolution, won the Pulitzer Prize and the Emerson Prize. His 2009 bookEmpire of Liberty: A History of the Early Republic, 1789-1815, won the 2010 New York Historical Society Prize in American History. Wood's other books includeRevolutionary Characters: What Made the Founders Different, The Purpose of the Past: Reflections on the Uses of History, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin, andmost recently, The Idea of America: Reflections on the Birth of the United States, and hecontributes regularly toThe New RepublicandThe New York Review of Books."

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