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Benjamin Franklin

An American Life

By Walter Isaacson
19-minute read
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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson

In Benjamin Franklin (2004), you’ll discover the life and passions of one of America’s most respected and beloved personalities, from his early days as an essay writer to his budding scientific career to finally his inspirational role as one of the founding fathers of the United States of America.

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“I learned a lot from these blinks, not only about the fascinating life of the multi-talented Franklin, but about the struggle for independence and the founding of the United States.”

– Erik, Editorial Production Manager at Blinkist

  • Students of American history
  • People interested in American politics
  • Anyone inspired by how one individual can profoundly influence society

Former CNN chairman Walter Isaacson is the author of several bestselling books, including Einstein: His Life and Universe; Kissinger: A Biography; and Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different. Isaacson is the president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, an educational organization.

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