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The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin Lecture

The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

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Publisher's Summary

Early American history is dominated by engaging and iconic figures - none more intriguing than Benjamin Franklin. Chandler, balladeer, poet, printer, writer, humorist, satirist, swimmer, businessman, inventor, philosopher, soldier, administrator, scientist, politician, ladies' man, musician, humanitarian, philanthropist - it's almost easier to list the things Franklin was not than try to explain the pursuits and interests of this multi-faceted man.

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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  • Amazon Customer
    Pa, USa
    07/12/09
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • J. Rector
    St Augustine, FL
    09/11/14
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    "Fabulous!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, The most interesting content was delivered via lecture which I enjoyed and which facilitated remembering the details. I learned so much about BF.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Modern Scholar?

    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."


    What about the narrator’s performance did you like?

    Loved it. I look forward to buying Professor Brands books and listening to his other lectures. He is terrific!!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • conway1308
    02/11/16
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    "lecture not an audiobook"

    great story, great topic, wonderfully thorough. lecture is far more succinct than the book. one word remaining

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pearl
    19/09/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    California
    16/09/16
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    "Outstanding lecture"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holly
    20/02/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
    LOS ALTOS, CA, United States
    14/03/13
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    "Great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is the best history book I have ever read. It is well researched and full of information.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin
    Reynoldsburg, Ohio, United States
    25/06/12
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    "I Hated It!"
    What would have made The Modern Scholar better?

    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!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    An audiobook about Benjamin Franklin


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He was not a narrator and it was not a book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    1 of 9 people found this review helpful

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