CONTENTS CHAPTER ONE Benjamin Franklin and the Invention of America CHAPTER TWO Pilgrim's Progress: Boston, 1706-1723 CHAPTER THREE Journeyman: Philadelphia and London, 1723-1726 CHAPTER FOUR Printer: Philadelphia, 1726-1732 CHAPTER FIVE Public Citizen: Philadelphia, 1731-1748 CHAPTER SIX Scientist and Inventor: Philadelphia, 1744-1751 CHAPTER SEVEN Politician: Philadelphia, 1749-1756 CHAPTER EIGHT Troubled Waters: London, 1757-1762 CHAPTER NINE Home Leave: Philadelphia, 1763-1764 CHAPTER TEN Agent Provocateur: London, 1765-1770 CHAPTER ELEVEN Rebel: London, 1771-1775 CHAPTER TWELVE Independence: Philadelphia, 1775-1776 CHAPTER THIRTEEN Courtier: Paris, 1776-1778 CHAPTER FOURTEEN Bon Vivant: Paris, 1778-1785 CHAPTER FIFTEEN Peacemaker: Paris, 1778-1785 CHAPTER SIXTEEN Sage: Philadelphia, 1785-1790 CHAPTER SEVENTEEN Epilogue CHAPTER EIGHTEEN Conclusions Cast of Characters Chronology Currency Conversions Acknowledgments Sources and Abbreviations Notes Index
Walter Isaacson, University Professor of History at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Leonardo da Vinci; The Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the co-author of The Wise Men: Six Friends and the World They Made. He and his wife live in New Orleans. Facebook: Walter Isaacson, Twitter: @WalterIsaacson
The New York Times Book Review A thoroughly researched, crisply written, convincingly argued chronicle. The New York Times In its common sense, clarity and accessibility, it is a fitting reflection of Franklin's sly pragmatism....This may be the book that most powerfully drives a new pendulum swing of the Franklin reputation. The New Yorker Energetic, entertaining, and worldly. The Washington Post Book World The most readable full-length Franklin biography available.