“Benjamin Franklin : An American Life” by Walter Isaacson

Woven throughout our present day America is the hand and mind of a man living in the mid 1700’s! Ben Franklin is well known to us as an inventor (lighting rod given as a gift to the people of the world without reserving a patent, bifocals, the Franklin Stove and more), as diplomat and as Founding Father. But what many doctors who tinker endlessly will appreciate about this work is the focus on Franklin’s practical business sense. He build a very successful print company, developed the lending library, worked up an early form of copy machine (!) and of course the ever present fire response company. For an enchanting read showing the full sweep of his life and impact on us today, this is well worth your time.

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