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History & Politics
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson is the full scale definitive biography of Benjamin Franklin, widely considered the Founding Father of the United States of America. The book throws light on the innumerable hats that Franklin wore in his long list of careers and jobs such as Post Master, Author, Scientist, Printer, Politician, Diplomat, Musician, Inventor and Activist to state a few.
The book draws special attention to the tenets of Franklin's character which went on to define the national attitude of the United States Of America. Franklin's involvement in writing what is considered a close to perfect constitution is detailed in the book. Remaining true to the detailed biography format that has helped Isaacson establish himself as a historian of great stature, the book Benjamin Franklin: An American Life goes on to elaborate Franklin's achievements in the field of science and electricity with the technical details of his inventions intact.
Other than Franklin's role in the American constitution and science, the book chronicles his achievements as a diplomat (He was USA's first ambassador to France), Author (of Poor Richard's Almanack) and Newspaper editing (at the Pennsylvania Chronicle). The subtext of the book in each of the chapters, arranged chronologically, is the explanation of how the great man stuck to his values throughout his many roles and how that helped him contribute immensely to the founding of the American Democracy.
About Walter Isaacson
Walter Isaacson is the famous biographer of some of the world's greatest personalities such as Henry Kissinger, Benjamin Franklin, Albert Einstein and recently, Steve Jobs.
He has worked on two other books, namely The Wise Men dealing with members of the East Coast Foreign Policy of the United States and American Sketches. His latest biography of technology icon Steve Jobs has been already broken many biography sales records and has been declared a bestseller. He currently heads the Aspen Institute in Washington D.C.
Walter Isaacson has held enviable posts in his writing and journalism career such as the Managing Editor of Time and the Chairman and CEO of CNN. Born in 1952 in New Orleans, Isaacson went on to attend college at Harvard and later at the University of Oxford