by: H. W. Brands
Examining the life of Ben Franklin, the book reads more like a historical novel than a biography.
Due to its length (a staggering 700 pages), this is not a must-read but it certainly is a great read!
Examining the life of Ben Franklin, the book reads more like a historical novel than a biography. It’s engaging from the very first paragraph—I only found my mind wandering a couple times throughout the entire book—which is impressive considering all of the historical details Brands had to wade through.
Brands does a great job of stirring curiosity and educating the reader while orienting Franklin and his challenges and accomplishments in this tumultuous era. What I enjoyed most about this book was that Brands neither whitewashes Franklin’s life to make him a saint nor makes assumptions about unknowable rumors. Franklin’s life needs neither, as it was sensational, dramatic, intriguing, surprising and inspiring all on its own; Brands revealed the man and let Franklin’s life tell the story. What else can you ask from a good bio?
Ron's bottom line bio about himself:
Professional: Pro Coach, Author and Pro Speaker --teaching the wisdom of The Uncompromised from executive boardrooms to county recovery shelters.
Personal: Husband, Father, Athlete, Avid Reader (and student of history) and big fan good conversation on topics ranging from theology to economics and from virtue to the history of war.