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In this new account of Franklin's early life Pulitzer finalist Nick Bunker portrays him as a complex driven young man who elbows his way to successFrom his early career as a printer and journalist to his scientific work and his role as a founder of a new republic Benjamin Franklin has always seemed the inevitable embodiment of American ingenuity But in his youth he had to make his Young Benjamin Franklin by Nick Bunker Alfred A Knopf New York 3000 You ll not find a inspiring book It is all the valuable because true It is true because of the Homeric research conducted by Pulitzer Prize Finalist Nick Bunker Bunker a master historian is author of award winning histories of the Mayflower Pilgrims and How Britain Came to Fight America In this remarkable effort he tells about the great American genius Benjamin Franklin More specifically he tells of The Birth of Ingenuity which Franklin uite literally exemplified Ingenuity is a word which in its 17th Century origins meant a well balanced man It would be a man who not only could think in original ways its scope today but was good with his hands his social awareness and service orientation An ingenious man was one who was intelligence wise shared his wisdom with others and thereby did his duty as a citizen Benjamin s grandfather Thomas was such a man We d call him a go to man today Benjamin did not fall far from the tree We follow Franklin as he learned the printer s trade in Boston then London We discover over that he was constantly seeking out others who might be able to expand his knowledge He read voraciously Franklin came of age in the coffeehouse era Here men met to discuss affairs of the day share insights but eually as well to discuss philosophy theology and science broadly defined Franklin was so given to such endeavors that he formed the Junto young men on the rise who sought to discuss rationally and with no rancor or anger issues of the day In this he was following the advice of wise friends who seemed to come to him as would one to any bright young man Franklin was able to follow his trade in printing through to a series of locations He printed about government about personalities and ideas Most of all he observed He thought and particularly reflected before writing As a man of the Age of Enlightenment he was not bound by tradition He knew what it meant to study to learn and learning to apply His application was done using wisdom deduced from having learned from the best wherever they might appear in his life He was open minded not constrained by tradition and thus was a man of the new age

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Young Benjamin Franklin

Way through a harsh colonial world where he fought many battles with his rivals but also with his wayward emotions Taking Franklin to the age of forty one when he made his first electrical discoveries Bunker goes behind the legend to reveal the sources of his passion for knowledge Always trying to balance virtue against ambition Franklin emerges as a brilliant but flawed human be As a Benjamin Franklin devotee it s hard to find new information about the man BUT somehow Bunker does just that This book is particularly good at helping you understand Franklin s trajectory from Boston runaway to a world famous scientist although I wish he had spent a bit time on his electrical theories In that trajectory you learn about his ancestors than other historians have covered along with some relevant details about his business associates in Philly

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Ing made from the conflicts of an age of slavery as well as reason With archival material from both sides of the Atlantic we see Franklin in Boston London and Philadelphia as he develops his formula for greatness A tale of science politics war and religion this is also a story about Franklin's forebears the talented family of English craftsmen who produced America's favorite geniu Ponderously slow with a seemingly perpetual proliferation of names even after the first 100 pages I still didn t feel that I had developed a familiarity or connection with who Franklin really was Unfortunately Bunker s tome reminded me of why I am reluctant to read biography because bad biography is so boring Stopping now


10 thoughts on “Young Benjamin Franklin

  1. says:

    Those looking at the title and expecting groundbreaking new details of the adolescent and young adult life of one of the most interesting men of the eighteenth century and Enlightenment will be a bit underwhelmed While historian Nick Bunker has admirably allowed a fair amount of effort and research into this study of Benjamin Franklin’s ear

  2. says:

    Such a well written insight into one of the world's great inventors The author has done a fabulous job of providing lots

  3. says:

    Young Benjamin Franklin by Nick Bunker; Alfred A Knopf New York 3000 You'll not find a inspiring book It is all the valuable because true It is true because of the Homeric research conducted by Pulitzer Prize Finalist Nick Bunker Bunker a master historian is author of award winning histories of the Mayflower Pilgrims and How Britain Came to

  4. says:

    I've been reading Young Benjamin Franklin alongside of another seemingly unrelated book AI Superpowers China the United States and the New World Order by Kai fu Lee The latter emphasizes distinct advantages that C

  5. says:

    As a Benjamin Franklin devotee it's hard to find new information about the man BUT somehow Bunker does just that This book is particularly good at helping you understand Franklin's trajectory from Boston runaway to a world famous scientist although I wish he had spent a bit time on his electrical theories In that trajectory you learn about his ancestors than other historians have covered along with some relevant details about his business a

  6. says:

    Very much enjoyed this bio of Benjamin Franklin Focused on his years through around age 40 it is an excellent book and very informative I very much enjoyed it Gives a little insight into his life and early days than many bios do

  7. says:

    A very good history of a lesser known period of Franklin's life Starting with his family's early history and running right up to his first experiments with electricity this is an account that is very engaging and informative Sometimes it becomes a little hard to follow because the author has decided to move around by topic instead of chronologically but overall this is a great read and I would recommend it to fans of early colon

  8. says:

    Ponderously slow with a seemingly perpetual proliferation of names even after the first 100 pages I still didn't feel that I had developed a familiarity or connection with who Franklin really was Unfortunately Bunker's tome reminded me of why I am reluctant to read biography because bad biography is so boring Stopping now

  9. says:

    Fairly captivating I could put it down but it was always a little hard The information and depth of research was great but the narrati

  10. says:

    This is an excellent choice to grasp a little better the social history of the pre revolutionary times and to understand the complexity of this historical figure Not a uick read but worth every moment Extremely satisfying read