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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Main Author: Schiff, Stacy.
Format: Book
Language: English
Published: New York : Henry Holt, 2005.
Edition: 1st ed.
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Table of 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.