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A great improvisation : Franklin, France, and the birth of America, Stacy Schiff

Label
A great improvisation : Franklin, France, and the birth of America
Title
A great improvisation
Title remainder
Franklin, France, and the birth of America
Statement of responsibility
Stacy Schiff
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Schiff tells how Benjamin Franklin--seventy years old, without any diplomatic training, and possessed of the most rudimentary French--convinced France, an absolute monarchy, to underwrite America's experiment in democracy. When Franklin stepped onto French soil, he well understood he was embarking on the greatest gamble of his career. By virtue of fame, charisma, and ingenuity, he outmaneuvered British spies, French informers, and hostile colleagues; engineered the Franco-American alliance of 1778; and helped to negotiate the peace of 1783. From these pages emerge a particularly human and yet fiercely determined Founding Father, as well as a profound sense of how fragile, improvisational, and international was our country's bid for independence
Biography type
contains biographical information
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
327.73044/09/033
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
E183.8.F8
LC item number
S35 2005
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
A great improvisation : Franklin, France, and the birth of America, Stacy Schiff
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 459-461) and index
Contents
The first mistake in public business is the going into it, 1776 -- Half the truth is often a great lie, 1776-1777 -- Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead, 1777 -- The cat in gloves catches no mice, 1777-1778 -- There is no such thing as a little enemy, 1778 -- Admiration is the daughter of ignorance, 1778 -- Success has ruined many a man, 1779 -- Everyone has wisdom enough to manage the affairs of his neighbors, 1780 -- The sting of a reproach is the truth of it, 1780-1781 -- Those who in quarrels interpose may get bloody nose, 1782 -- The absent are never without fault, 1783 -- Creditors have better memories than debtors, 1784-1785
Control code
ocm57001654
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvii, 489 p.
Isbn
9780805066333
Lccn
2004060615
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i0805066330
  • a697565
Label
A great improvisation : Franklin, France, and the birth of America, Stacy Schiff
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 459-461) and index
Contents
The first mistake in public business is the going into it, 1776 -- Half the truth is often a great lie, 1776-1777 -- Three can keep a secret, if two of them are dead, 1777 -- The cat in gloves catches no mice, 1777-1778 -- There is no such thing as a little enemy, 1778 -- Admiration is the daughter of ignorance, 1778 -- Success has ruined many a man, 1779 -- Everyone has wisdom enough to manage the affairs of his neighbors, 1780 -- The sting of a reproach is the truth of it, 1780-1781 -- Those who in quarrels interpose may get bloody nose, 1782 -- The absent are never without fault, 1783 -- Creditors have better memories than debtors, 1784-1785
Control code
ocm57001654
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
xvii, 489 p.
Isbn
9780805066333
Lccn
2004060615
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i0805066330
  • a697565

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