I received a free Kindle version of this book from Net Galley and the publisher with the understanding that I would write and post a review on Net Galley, Amazon, Goodreads and this blog. I also have it posted to my LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus pages.
I requested this book as I have a deep interest in American History and in particular about how our nation came into existence and evolved to where we are today. This is the first book by George Goodwin that I have read.
The book itself is a biography of Benjamin Franklin with a detailed concentration on his years in London lobbying on behalf of the colonies in attempting to get Parliament and the rest of the political system to understand the viewpoint of their subjects in America. Goodwin did an excellent job in researching the subject and presenting it in an interesting and engaging read.
The book debunks some of the myths about Franklin while at the same time showing him to be quite human. When it came to his health in regards to food he was very much “Do as I say not as I do.” It also details how his relationship with his son William slowly deteriorated over time until there was no contact over the last several years of his life.
Franklin was a master at stating his case, but unfortunately he too often ran into attitudes that would broach no compromise in the opinion that the colonies were mere subjects that were better off be governed by a body that was an ocean away.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in more details about Benjamin Franklin’s years in England or an interest in the steps taken prior to the Revolutionary War breaking out.