A great improvisation : Franklin, France, and the birth of America
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...
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- 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.