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The Americanization Of Benjamin Franklin

By Wood, Gordon S




From the most respected chronicler of the early days of the Republic—and winner of both the Pulitzer and Bancroft prizes—comes a landmark work that rescues Benjamin Franklin from a mythology that has blinded generations of Americans to the man he really was and makes sense of aspects of his life and career that would have otherwise remained mysterious. In place of the genial polymath, self-improver, and quintessential American, Gordon S. Wood reveals a figure much more ambiguous and complex—and much more interesting. Charting the passage of Franklin’s life and reputation from relative popular indifference (his death, while the occasion for mass mourning in France, was widely ignored in America) to posthumous glory, The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin sheds invaluable light on the emergence of our country’s idea of itself.


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Wood, Gordon S.

NY: The Penguin Press, 2004., 2004. 8vo. xvi, 299 pp. Illustrated. Original glossy pictorial boards. SIGNED by the Pulitzer Prize winning historian on the title page. This is a tight, fine book in a bright, fine DJ. Uncommon signed.. Signed by Author(s). 1st Edition. Hardcover. As New/Dust Jacket Included.

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New York: Penguin Press, 2004. Fine/Fine unread copy protected by Archival Brodart Cover. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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New York, New York, U.S.A.: Penguin Press, 2004. New York: Penguin, 2004. 8vo. First edition. 8vo. Glossy boards, 299 pp. We all know Benjamin Franklin, or think we do, as the genial polymath and aphorist who was so very American that we think of him as the "first American." The problem with this image, according to Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon Wood, is that it is simply not true. Here he gives us the real Franklin: his preoccupation with becoming a gentleman and his conversion to revolutionary; his arguments with John Adams and with Congress; his love of Europe and his conflicted sense of our national identity. While reminding us that Franklin's death was greeted by mass mourning in France and mass indifference here, Wood argues that Franklin did indeed become the Revolution's necessary man, and explains why his importance was so denigrated in his own lifetime, yet has been inflated ever since. New in new dustjacket, protected with an archival-quality mylar cover.. First Edition. Glossy Boards. New/New. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall.

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The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

Gordon S. Wood

HighBridge Company. No binding. New. Audio CD. Dimensions: 6.0in. x 5.2in. x 1.1in.Ten years in the making, the new book from Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon S. Wood reveals Benjamin Franklins life and meaning. Why did Benjamin Franklin retire from business and become gentleman Why did he admire the British Empire--and join the American Revolution Why did he being writing his Autobiography when he did And how did the first American become an American in the first placeRenowned historian Gordon S. Wood spent ten years studying a legend. In this untraditional biography, he penetrates beneath 200 years accumulation of images and representations to find the historical Franklin. He places his subjects amazing life in its 18th century context an shatters forever the comforting stereotypes: homespun patriot, cracker-barrel philosopher, folksy founder, genial self-improver. Groundbreaking and riveting, this book is a must for anyone interested in American history and the roots of American character. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN.

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Wood, Gordon S.

Penguin Group USA, 2005. Reprint. Paperback. New. A leading historian of the American Revolution offers an incisive portrait of the complex, often contradictory figure of Benjamin Franklin, a man who was at once the quintessential American and a cosmopolitan lover of Europe, a one-time loyalist turned revolutionary, and an ambassador whose French diplomacy, crucial to the American cause, became a source of suspicion at home. Reprint.SKU: MM-20139368; EAN: 9780143035282

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The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

Wood, Gordon S

NY: Penguin, 2004. First edition, first printing. Bds.. Fine/Fine. 8vo.

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New York, New York: The Penguin Press, 2004. Fine. DJ in plastic cover. Incl. Notes and Index. (xvi) 299 pp.. First Edition, 1st Printing. Illustrated Glossy Hard Cover. As New/As New.

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Americanization of Benjamin Franklin

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Penguin Books, 2005-05-31. Reprint. Paperback. Used:Good. Brand Used:Good. Always Buy with confidence. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

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New York, NY: Penguin Press. As New/As New. 2004. 1st. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall 159420019X BEN FRANKLIN-NEW regular size hardcover is NEW in its jacket. blue w/brown & white lettering .

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Penguin Press, 2004-05-24. First Edition. Hardcover. Used:Good. Buy with confidence. Excellent Customer Service & Return policy. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

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Penguin Group USA. Paperback. New. Paperback. 320 pages. Dimensions: 8.3in. x 5.4in. x 0.8in.From the preeminent historian of the Revolution (Jonathan Yardley), a groundbreaking study, many years in the making, of Benjamin Franklin the man, Benjamin Franklin the myth, and the roots of American character. Central to Americas idea of itself is the character of Benjamin Franklin. We all know him, or think we do: In recent works and in our inherited conventional wisdom, he remains fixed in place as a genial polymath and self-improver who was so very American that he is known by us all as the first American. The problem with this beloved notion of Franklins quintessential Americanness, Gordon Wood shows us in this marvelous, revelatory book, is that its simply not true. And it blinds us to the no less admirable or important but far more interesting man Franklin really was and leaves us powerless to make sense of the most crucial events of his life. Indeed, thinking of Franklin as the last American would be less of a hindrance to understanding many crucial aspects of his life-his preoccupation with becoming a gentleman; his longtime loyalty to the Crown and burning ambition to be a player in the British Empires power structure; the personal character of his conversion to revolutionary; his reasons for writing the Autobiography; his controversies with John and Samuel Adams and with Congress; his love of Europe and conflicted sense of national identity; the fact that his death was greeted by mass mourning in France and widely ignored in America. But Franklin did become the Revolutions necessary man, Wood shows, second behind George Washington. Why was his importance so denigrated in his own lifetime and his image so distorted ever since Ironically, Franklins diplomacy in France, which was essential to American victory, was the cause of the suspicion that clouded his good name at home-and also the stage on which the first American persona made its debut. The consolidation of this mirage of Franklin would await the early nineteenth century, though, when the mask he created in his posthumously published Autobiography proved to be the model the citizens of a striving young democracy needed. The Americanization of Benjamin Franklin is a landmark work, a magnificent fresh vision of Franklins life and reputation, filled with profound insights into the Revolution and into the emergence of Americas idea of itself. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN.

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New York, New York, U.S.A.: Penguin Pr, 2004. First Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good. First printing. Very clean copy. Minor edge wear at head of spine. New mylar cover added for additional protection.

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Penguin Press, 2004-05-24. Hardcover. Very Good. Signed. Hardcover and dust jacket. Good binding and cover. Clean, unmarked pages. Book plate on fep. Ships daily.

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New York: Penguin Press. Fine in Very Good+ dust jacket. 2004. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. 159420019x . ABout new book in glossy red boards; crisp dust jacket with slight shelfwear and sticker abrasion. ; 1.3 x 9.4 x 6.1 Inches; 320 pages .

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Penguin Books, 2005-05-31. Paperback. Used:Good. Ships Fast. Expedite Shipping Available.

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