A Dangerous Engine

A Dangerous Engine

Benjamin Franklin, From Scientist to Diplomat

Book - 2006
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Publisher: New York : Frances Foster Books, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374306694
0374306699
Branch Call Number: JB Franklin
Characteristics: 246 p. : ill
Additional Contributors: Petričić, Dušan - Illustrator

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DorisWaggoner
Aug 02, 2017

For a young adult book, the first half, on Franklin's scientific experiments, seems overly complicated. Or perhaps that's because it interested me less. I was interested that his science was well known in Europe long before it was famous in America, and that he was at first unaware of his European fame. The second half, on his political life, was more familiar to me, and Dash adds more material I wasn't aware of. She gives Franklin his due for his importance in both France and America in helping US win the Revolution. Dash also points out his weaknesses. For one thing, he and Adams couldn't get along--though that was mostly personality differences. The illustrations are absolutely wonderful.

LMcShaneCLE Apr 11, 2016

Who knew? Benjamin Franklin was a real rogue. Raised his son born out-of-wedlock and helped start the Library of Congress. http://www.ushistory.org/franklin/philadelphia/library.htm

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