A Dangerous Engine

A Dangerous Engine

Benjamin Franklin, From Scientist to Diplomat

Book - 2006
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At the time of his famous kite experiment, Benjamin Franklin was unaware that his theories about electricity had already made him a celebrity all over Europe, especially in France, where fashionable circles loved to discuss scientific discovery. Admired by the French court and beloved by French citizens, Franklin effectively became America's first foreign diplomat, later helping to enlist France's military and financial support for the American Revolution. A father of the revolution and a signer of the Constitution, Franklin was a lightning rod in political circles-- "a dangerous Engine," according to a critic. And although he devoted the last twenty-five years of his life to affairs of state, his first love was always science.
Publisher: New York : Frances Foster Books, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374306694
Branch Call Number: J921 F831d
Characteristics: 246 p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Petričić, Dušan


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Jul 31, 2018

Outstanding! The author conveys the essence of our American Genius in this short book.
Franklin is my all-time favorite and this is a wonderful introduction.
Without him In France, who knows what would have happened.

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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