Ben Franklin: Inventing America

Ben Franklin: Inventing America

by Thomas Fleming


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A classic biography of Benjamin Franklin for young readers in a new, illustrated edition. Benjamin Franklin was a true American original—an accomplished scientist, athlete, inventor, writer, statesman, diplomat, printer, and philosopher. This classic biography by eminent historian and Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Fleming paints a lively portrait of Franklin, a self-made man blessed with talent and immense curiosity about the world around him. With charm, humor, and a keen understanding of human nature, Franklin guided the American colonies to independence and nationhood. His remarkable career will inspire readers of all ages.

Kids will learn about the lives of famous historical figures and famous events in history through compelling stories paired with fresh illustrated images, timelines, and fact boxes. The theme of "American Leaders" connects these debut titles, where the lives of some of the greatest American heroes are recounted.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780760352281
Publisher: Voyageur Press
Publication date: 10/15/2016
Series: 833 Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 9 - 14 Years

About the Author

Thomas Fleming is an eminent historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author of more than 40 books. He is the only author ever to have won main selections for the Book-of-the-Month Club in both fiction and nonfiction categories.

Table of Contents

1 The Apprentice 3

2 The Runaway 18

3 The Swimming Instructor 26

4 The Newspaperman 36

5 First Citizen of Philadelphia 44

6 Scientist and Inventor 52

7 The Postmaster 62

8 Father 70

9 Frontiersman 76

10 Spokesman for Philadelphia 84

11 Persuader of Parliament 94

12 Agent 102

13 The Joker 114

14 The Revolutionary 124

15 Divided Family 136

16 Hanging Together-or Separately 148

17 Extraordinary Diplomat 160

18 Peace Negotiator 172

19 Unifier 186

Cast of Characters 194

Timeline 196

Index 198

About the Author 207

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