In this course, you'll study with noted historian H.W. Brands, the New York Times best-selling author of The First American, which also earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination. Brands is a scholar who truly captures the essence of Franklin and the times in which he lived. This course examines the life of Franklin and his influence on both American and world history. From his early days as a printer's apprentice to very nearly his last days, Benjamin Franklin's thirst for knowledge and his desire to share what he knew brought him to the forefront of a changing world. His contributions through inventions, scientific investigation, and political thought still echo more than 200 years after his passing. He remains the model of the American thinker - a man who was interested in nearly everything, and who pursued those interests with an admirable and contagious passion. To study Franklin's life is to learn not only the history of a single man, but to understand some of the most monumental changes in all of human history.
©2003 H.W. Brands; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC
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Yes, The most interesting content was delivered via lecture which I enjoyed and which facilitated remembering the details. I learned so much about BF.
Hearing that BF was one of the two "indispensable characters" of the American Revolution and founding of our country. Also that BF was, in the author's opinion, "the great genius of our country."
Loved it. I look forward to buying Professor Brands books and listening to his other lectures. He is terrific!!!
I am blown away that one person could do so much. It is essential that our children learn about his life. BF embodies the American Dream, rising through his own efforts from poor beginnings to wealth and lasting greatness.
"A Good Beginning for Franklin"
This book is a very good start on the life and time of Franklin; however, the listener should also read The First American by Prof. Brands.
"Must read for anyone interested in Franklin"
I have listened to this lecture several times and I enjoy it every time. The professor is well educated and well spoke. He makes the lecture enjoyable to listen to and not once did I zone out, like I do with many other readers or professors. I learned a lot about Franklin and the time he lived. I recommend this lecture to anyone interested in the man or the time frame or if you simply like learning.
"lecture not an audiobook"
great story, great topic, wonderfully thorough. lecture is far more succinct than the book. one word remaining
"Great Course on Ben Franklin"
The narrator in this course series was very engaging and did an excellent job in delivering information on Ben Franklin. He adds an enjoyable amount of personal facts.
I knew little about Ben Franklin other than the popular caricatures. This lecture series taught me a great deal. Lectures were substantive and articulate. First rate.
Yes, it is the best history book I have ever read. It is well researched and full of information.
"I Hated It!"
It would have been better if it was AN AUDIOBOOK! This is a college lecture by a college professor. If you have not heard enough dull,rambling, trite, platitudinal lectures in your life, then this one is for you!
An audiobook about Benjamin Franklin
He was not a narrator and it was not a book.
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