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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.
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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