Shari's family adores history. So when they recently found themselves in Philadelphia, they couldn't help but immerse themselves in the Historic District ... and in the great bookstore at Constitution Hall. Here's one of the many treasures they dug up.
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson
Publisher, scientist, inventor, politician, philosopher of "the middling class" ... Founding Father Benjamin Franklin led a fuller life than most. He left home at age 17 to escape a demeaning, futureless apprenticeship with his brother. He settled in Philly and unleashed his engaging personality, first in print, then in local community groups. Franklin's reputation flourished after his early retirement when he threw himself into science, then politics, then diplomacy. It was a whirlwind ride that author Isaacson has done a superb job narrating. An enjoyable read, similar in style to David McCullough's John Adams.
(Simon & Schuster, 2003)