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Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity

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In this new account of Franklin's early life, Pulitzer finalist Nick Bunker portrays him as a complex, driven young man who elbows his way to success.

From his early career as a printer and journalist, to his scientific work and his role as a founder of a new republic, Benjamin Franklin has always seemed the inevitable embodiment of American ingenuity. But in his youth he h
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Hardcover, 464 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Knopf Publishing Group
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David
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been reading "Young Benjamin Franklin" alongside of another seemingly unrelated book, "AI Superpowers: China, the United States and the New World Order," by Kai-fu Lee. The latter emphasizes distinct advantages that China enjoys in the race to develop artificial intelligence as both a source of profit and an instrument of geopolitical power. These advantages include a culture of aggressive entrepreneurial competition, a treasure trove of data, a skilled army of well-educated engineers and a ...more
Michael
Aug 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Such a well written insight into one of the world's great inventors. The author has done a fabulous job of providing lots of "new" information abut Franklin's early years and at the same time making it fascinating and enjoyable reading. There is so much information/facts/discoveries packed into this book it is amazing. I enjoyed from start to finish and learned so much. I won this book in a GoodReads Giveaway.
Dan Cotter
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very much enjoyed this bio of Benjamin Franklin. Focused on his years through around age 40, it is an excellent book and very informative. I very much enjoyed it. Gives a little more insight into his life and early days than many bios do.
Doug
Oct 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson’s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing.
Audreyg
Oct 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating, and well-researched life of that Renaissance man, Benjamin Franklin, up until around the age of 40.

A surprise - how much religion was an influence in his life, both for good and ill.
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