Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

by Walter Isaacson

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Benjamin Franklin: An American Life

by Walter Isaacson


  • Innovation

    As a kid Benjamin Franklin wanted to swim faster, so he created flippers for his hands and feet. As an adult, Benjamin Franklin saw a demonstration of some electricity and decided to test it on his own with his famous kite and key experiment. He was the first person to dub contained electricity a ‘b

  • Travel & Experiences

    Ben Franklin traveled with Pennsylvania Governor Sir William Keith to London and lived there for two years. Then he traveled back to America and clerked in a Quaker’s shop. But he wanted to write. John Bunyan, Daniel Defoe, and the paper The Spectator, had profound impacts on Benjamin and his writin

  • Childhood

    Benjamin Franklin grew up to change the world and make a huge impact on science and society. Though his parents wanted him to become a minister, young Benjamin Franklin was clearly not cut out for the church. Many stories describe his mischievous ways; his talents were in other areas of life. Altho

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