There are three Benjamin Franklins, the American, the British and the French. The first and the last are famous, the second forgotten ... The British Franklin, the subject of this fascinating and detailed biography, may well be the real Franklin ... George Goodwin's vividly detailed account presents Franklin as a scientific, sociable Londoner. It was Britain's loss he could not remain one.
Elegantly written ... an enjoyable introduction to Franklin's time in the imperial metropolis. Replete with anecdote
Goodwin's enjoyable biography...
interesting, lively account of Franklin's 'British life' ... Goodwin presents a diverting portrait of Franklin's place in British Enlightenment culture, but his real forte is political history. Goodwin's detailed narrative of Franklin's diplomatic failures offers a fascinating perspective on this descent from imperial triumph to imperial catastrophe.
[Goodwin's] narrative moves gracefully from heated confrontations with cabinet ministers to intimate aspects of Franklin's home life.
The respected British historian and biographer George Goodwin provides us with a thoroughly researched and accessibly written chronicle of that important time of Franklin's transformation from place-seeking provincial lobbyist to risk-taking revolutionary sparkplug . . .Mr. Goodwin's story is the stuff of suspenseful history.
A sensitive, finely textured and moving account
wonderful ... to be reminded of a time when America produced great men who revered science, were sceptical towards religion, eagerly studied philosophy and argued with both wit and wisdom