Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity

Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity

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 ha In this new account of Franklin's early life, Pulitzer finalist Nick Bunker portrays him as a complex, driven young m...

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Title:Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity
Author:Nick Bunker
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:1101874414
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:464 pages pages

Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity Reviews

  • Tina
    Apr 01, 2019

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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  • Doug
    Oct 13, 2018

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

  • Michelle
    Feb 08, 2019

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

  • Lauren
    Jan 17, 2019

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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  • Kay
    Feb 23, 2019

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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  • Leah
    Apr 20, 2019

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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  • Dan Cotter
    Nov 18, 2018

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

  • Francis
    Jan 08, 2019

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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  • Michael
    Aug 27, 2018

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

  • Shannon
    Jan 08, 2019

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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  • Audreyg
    Oct 09, 2018

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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. ...

  • Christopher Pierce
    Jan 28, 2019

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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  • Sue
    Jan 13, 2019

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

  • Melissa Cheresnick
    Jan 03, 2019

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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  • Lucia
    Apr 07, 2019

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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  • Thomas
    Apr 12, 2019

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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  • Bozworth
    Feb 24, 2019

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

  • Edward Silverman
    Feb 27, 2019

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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  • Gerry Keirnan
    Apr 09, 2019

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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  • Gail T. Goodman
    Jan 14, 2019

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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  • Carol
    Dec 23, 2018

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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  • Ed Bandy
    Nov 02, 2018

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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  • Fritz
    Jan 25, 2019

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

  • Elengay Kunta
    Dec 11, 2018

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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  • Roman Schuster
    Mar 08, 2019

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

  • David
    Dec 17, 2018

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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  • Anthony Alvarez
    Oct 15, 2018

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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  • Jim Norton
    Nov 02, 2018

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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  • David
    Oct 13, 2018

    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 bo...

  • Benjamin Ridgway
    May 04, 2019

    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 bo...

    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 pa...

    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 se...

    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 - becau...

    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. ...

    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 quick read but worth every moment. Extremely satisfying read. ...

    Not a quick read, but interesting. I was wishing there was a volume 2, because I wanted to keep reading about the rest of Franklin's life. The author was very thorough, and brought a lot to my understanding of the social/political/religious thought of the day. ...

    Good listen. Learned about Franklin's family history and his youth... Pre-war. Would be worth listening to again in the future. So I could catch parts I may have missed. ...

    Not sure it adds much to Walter Isaacson?s account. Also - it would benefit from a little more editing. ...

    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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