Benjamin Franklin - Walter Isaacson

Benjamin Franklin

By Walter Isaacson

  • Release Date: 2003-07-31
  • Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Score: 4
From 396 Ratings


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 that follows Franklin’s life from Boston to Philadelphia to London and Paris and back, Walter Isaacson chronicles the adventures of the runaway apprentice who became, over the course of his eighty-four-year life, America’s best writer, inventor, media baron, scientist, diplomat, and business strategist, as well as one of its most practical and ingenious political leaders. He explores the wit behind Poor Richard’s Almanac and the wisdom behind the Declaration of Independence, the new nation’s alliance with France, the treaty that ended the Revolution, and the compromises that created a near-perfect Constitution.

In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin’s amazing life, showing how he helped to forge the American national identity and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.


  • Fantastic read

    By Hesh100
     I couldn’t put it down, and I thoroughly enjoyed embracing this marvelous historical figure and hero of the American revolution
  • Solid read

    By Jaykimbo
    Not quite as enjoyable as the jobs book, but very well written.
  • Benjamin Franklin

    By WalkingonSand
    Brilliant man and important founding fathers. Isaacson brings at lot to the table as a biographer.