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    Those looking at the title and expecting groundbreaking new details of the adolescent and young adult life of one of the most interesting men of the eighteenth century and Enlightenment will be a bit underwhelmed While historian Nick Bunker has admirably allowed a fair amount of effort and research into this study of Benjamin Franklin’s earlier years the reader becomes frustrated and loses interest in the fact that he unnecessarily shares a social history of the times depicted This has a tendency to overshadow the main gist of Franklin’s creativity and genius and easily could have been appropriately used as a standalone book in itselfOpening with a prologue that recounts Franklin’s final years in Paris and politics Bunker also details his contributions both internationally and domestically aptly explaining that it was his boyhood genius and imagination that would allow him to go to such great lengths in his later years The writing can be a bit dry and slow at times leaving the reader to lose focus and forget some of the interesting aspects of Franklin’s life That’s not to say the book is entirely made up of previously covered material and topics as there is a bit information on Deborah Reed and her elusive relationship with Benjamin Some of the best parts expand upon Franklin’s own autobiography especially his journey into Philadelphia But as he put it in his autobiography with the waves still beating at the stones all their efforts were in vain “the wind was so highthat we could not hear to understand each other” Darkness fell and the gale continued They spent the night on the water huddled in the bows against the spray It was not until late the next day rowing hard at the oars that they entered the mouth of the Raritan River docking at the harbor town of Perth Amboy hungry thirsty and worn out but still aliveThe partnerships and rivalries that he becomes acuainted with in the Printing industry are also fascinating in their similarities of today’s business world a mere three hundred years later Indeed Nick Bunker has thoroughly devoured source after source of Franklin’s adolescence and inventive years spent making a name for himself placing the research into his work and developing a biography that should be the uintessential reference to his subject’s earlier life Nonetheless Bunker has approached these younger days of Benjamin Franklin’s life in a tone and style that is too scholarly and broad for what should be a witty and entertaining biography With over 30 uniue illustrations throughout the book also contains a wealthy amount of source material and notes to delve into Read the Full Review and More


  2. says:

    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 informationfactsdiscoveries 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


  3. says:

    Young Benjamin Franklin by Nick Bunker; Alfred A Knopf New York 3000 You'll not find a inspiring book It is all the valuable because true It is true because of the Homeric research conducted by Pulitzer Prize Finalist Nick Bunker Bunker a master historian is author of award winning histories of the Mayflower Pilgrims and How Britain Came to Fight America In this remarkable effort he tells about the great American genius Benjamin Franklin More specifically he tells of 'The Birth of Ingenuity which Franklin uite literally exemplified Ingenuity is a word which in its 17th Century origins meant a well balanced man It would be a man who not only could think in original ways its scope today but was good with his hands his social awareness and service orientation An ingenious man was one who was intelligence wise shared his wisdom with others and thereby did his duty as a citizen Benjamin's grandfather Thomas was such a man We'd call him a go to man today Benjamin did not fall far from the tree We follow Franklin as he learned the printer's trade in Boston then London We discover over that he was constantly seeking out others who might be able to expand his knowledge He read voraciously Franklin came of age in the coffeehouse era Here men met to discuss affairs of the day share insights but eually as well to discuss philosophy theology and science broadly defined Franklin was so given to such endeavors that he formed the Junto young men on the rise who sought to discuss rationally and with no rancor or anger issues of the day In this he was following the advice of wise friends who seemed to come to him as would one to any bright young man Franklin was able to follow his trade in printing through to a series of locations He printed about government about personalities and ideas Most of all he observed He thought and particularly reflected before writing As a man of the Age of Enlightenment he was not bound by tradition He knew what it meant to study to learn and learning to apply His application was done using wisdom deduced from having learned from the best wherever they might appear in his life He was open minded not constrained by tradition and thus was a man of the new age


  4. says:

    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 supportive government Reading Bunker's biography of Franklin's early life up to the year 1747 when he began his electrical experiments in earnest I'm struck by how much conditions in early 18th century British North America mirror those in early 21st century China Franklin's rivalry with another Philadelphian printer Andrew Bradford provided the competitive context for the exploitation of a wealth of data emerging on both sides of the Atlantic in the form of new publications and scientific papers Artisans like Franklin himself an ingenious tinkerer had the skills to tackle the difficulties of experimentation with rudimentary and poorly understood apparati Patrons like James Logan and Andrew Hamilton spurred on the uest for knowledge with political and financial support Franklin would famously declare upon the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 that the framers had created a republic if you can keep it As our country takes on the growing challenge of global competition with China a look back at Franklin's early career can serve as a source of inspiration and example


  5. says:

    As a Benjamin Franklin devotee it's hard to find new information about the man BUT somehow Bunker does just that This book is particularly good at helping you understand Franklin's trajectory from Boston runaway to a world famous scientist although I wish he had spent a bit time on his electrical theories In that trajectory you learn about his ancestors than other historians have covered along with some relevant details about his business associates in Philly


  6. says:

    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 insight into his life and early days than many bios do


  7. says:

    A very good history of a lesser known period of Franklin's life Starting with his family's early history and running right up to his first experiments with electricity this is an account that is very engaging and informative Sometimes it becomes a little hard to follow because the author has decided to move around by topic instead of chronologically but overall this is a great read and I would recommend it to fans of early colonial history


  8. says:

    Ponderously slow with a seemingly perpetual proliferation of names even after the first 100 pages I still didn't feel that I had developed a familiarity or connection with who Franklin really was Unfortunately Bunker's tome reminded me of why I am reluctant to read biography because bad biography is so boring Stopping now


  9. says:

    Fairly captivating I could put it down but it was always a little hard The information and depth of research was great but the narrative lacked something of a cohesive structure There were one or two themes Franklin isms that the author would occasionally come back to but it seemed like after writing 95% of it he tried to tie everything together just to wrap it up


  10. says:

    This is an excellent choice to grasp a little better the social history of the pre revolutionary times and to understand the complexity of this historical figure Not a uick read but worth every moment Extremely satisfying read


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Way through a harsh colonial world where he fought many battles with his rivals but also with his wayward emotions Taking Franklin to the age of forty one when he made his first electrical discoveries Bunker goes behind the legend to reveal the sources of his passion for knowledge Always trying to balance virtue against ambition Franklin emerges as a brilliant but flawed human be 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 supportive government Reading Bunker's biography of Franklin's early life up to the year 1747 when he began his electrical experiments in earnest I'm struck by how much conditions in early 18th century British North America mirror those in early 21st century China Franklin's rivalry with another Philadelphian printer Andrew Bradford provided the competitive context for the exploitation of a wealth of data emerging on both sides of the Atlantic in the form of new publications and scientific papers Artisans like Franklin himself an ingenious tinkerer had the skills to tackle the difficulties of experimentation with rudimentary and poorly understood apparati Patrons like James Logan and Andrew Hamilton spurred on the uest for knowledge with political and financial support Franklin would famously declare upon the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 that the framers had created a republic if you can keep it As our country takes on the growing challenge of global competition with China a look back at Franklin's early career can serve as a source of inspiration and example A Mothers Duty emotions Taking Franklin to the age of forty one when he made his first Disney Tangled electrical discoveries Bunker goes behind the legend to reveal the sources of his passion for knowledge Always trying to balance virtue against ambition Franklin The Soprano emerges as a brilliant but flawed human be 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 Empire Made Me emphasizes distinct advantages that China Night of Knives (Malazan Empire, 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 Kestrel (Hart Brothers, entrepreneurial competition a treasure trove of data a skilled army of well One More Round (Gamer Boy, educated Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain engineers and a supportive government Reading Bunker's biography of Franklin's The Violet Hour (The Celtic Vampyre Saga, early life up to the year 1747 when he began his In the Balance (I Bring the Fire, electrical Consolation experiments in Connect earnest I'm struck by how much conditions in Kamikaze early 18th century British North America mirror those in Rossetti early 21st century China Franklin's rivalry with another Philadelphian printer Andrew Bradford provided the competitive context for the Mr Campion and Others exploitation of a wealth of data Reflections in a Golden Eye emerging on both sides of the Atlantic in the form of new publications and scientific papers Artisans like Franklin himself an ingenious tinkerer had the skills to tackle the difficulties of Reflections in a Golden Eye experimentation with rudimentary and poorly understood apparati Patrons like James Logan and Andrew Hamilton spurred on the uest for knowledge with political and financial support Franklin would famously declare upon the conclusion of the Constitutional Convention in 1787 that the framers had created a republic if you can keep it As our country takes on the growing challenge of global competition with China a look back at Franklin's Reflections in a Golden Eye early career can serve as a source of inspiration and Crystal Lies example

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Young Benjamin Franklin

Ing made from the conflicts of an age of slavery as well as reason With archival material from both sides of the Atlantic we see Franklin in Boston London and Philadelphia as he develops his formula for greatness A tale of science politics war and religion this is also a story about Franklin's forebears the talented family of English craftsmen who produced America's favorite geniu Ponderously slow with a seemingly perpetual proliferation of names even after the first 100 pages I still didn't feel that I had developed a familiarity or connection with who Franklin really was Unfortunately Bunker's tome reminded me of why I am reluctant to read biography because bad biography is so boring Stopping now The Little Red Rescue Box (PAW Patrol) even after the first 100 pages I still didn't feel that I had developed a familiarity or connection with who Franklin really was Unfortunately Bunker's tome reminded me of why I am reluctant to read biography because bad biography is so boring Stopping now

Free download ✓ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook è Nick Bunker

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 successFrom 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 had to make his 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 informationfactsdiscoveries 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