Benjamin Franklin

Author: Walter Isaacson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 074325807X
Release Date: 2004-05-04
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Presents a portrait of Benjamin Franklin as a scientist, inventor, diplomat, writer, business strategist, and statesman while tracing his life as one of America's Founding Fathers.

Leonardo da Vinci

Author: Walter Isaacson
Publisher: Ullstein Buchverlage
ISBN: 9783843718844
Release Date: 2018-10-26
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Unehelich, Vegetarier, homosexuell, Linkshänder, leicht ablenkbar und durchaus ketzerisch – Leonardo da Vinci verlangte der Gesellschaft des 15. und 16 Jahrhunderts so manches ab. Und er gab viel zurück. Er schälte das Fleisch von Schädeln, um die Gesichtsphysiognomie zu erkunden, zeichnete die Muskulatur der Lippen nach – und malte erst dann das einzigartige Lächeln der Mona Lisa! Er studierte, wie Lichtstrahlen auf die Hornhaut treffen ‒ und schaffte dadurch die wechselnden Perspektiven in seinem Gemälde „Das Abendmahl“. Leonardos lebenslanger Enthusiasmus, Grenzen zu überschreiten, faszinierte bereits die einflussreichen Familien in Florenz und Mailand und gilt bis heute als wegweisendes Rezept für Kreativität und Innovationen. Walter Isaacson erzählt Leonardos Leben in völlig neuer Manier, indem er dessen künstlerisches und wissenschaftliches Wirken zueinander in Bezug setzt. Er zeigt dabei auf, dass Leonardos Genialität auf Fähigkeiten basierte, die jeder von uns in sich trägt und stärken kann: etwa leidenschaftliche Neugier, aufmerksame Beobachtung oder spielerische Einbildungskraft. Leonardo erinnert uns bis heute daran, wie wichtig es ist, nicht nur ständig neues Wissen zu erlangen, sondern dieses auch immer wieder zu hinterfragen, der Fantasie freien Raum zu lassen und abseits festgelegter Muster zu denken – so wie alle großen Geister der Weltgeschichte.

Benjamin Franklin

Author: Walter Isaacson
Publisher:
ISBN:
Release Date: 2003-01-01
Genre: Antisemitism

Benjamin Franklin is the founding father who winks at us, the one who seems made of flesh rather than marble. In this authoritative and engrossing full-scale biography, Walter Isaacson shows how the most fascinating of America's founders helped define our national character. In a sweeping narrative that follows Franklin's life from Boston to Philadelphia to London and Paris and back, Isaacson chronicles the adventures of the spunky runaway apprentice who became, during his 84-year life, America's best writer, inventor, media baron, scientist, diplomat, and business strategist, as well as one of its most practical and ingenious political leaders. He explores the wit behind Poor Richard's Almanac and the wisdom behind the Declaration of Independence, the new nation's alliance with France, the treaty that ended the Revolution, and the compromises that created a near-perfect Constitution. Above all, Isaacson shows how Franklin's unwavering faith in the wisdom of the common citizen and his instinctive appreciation for the possibilities of democracy helped to forge an American national identity based on the virtues and values of its middle class. Amazon.com Review Benjamin Franklin, writes journalist and biographer Walter Isaacson, was that rare Founding Father who would sooner wink at a passer-by than sit still for a formal portrait. What's more, Isaacson relates in this fluent and entertaining biography, the revolutionary leader represents a political tradition that has been all but forgotten today, one that prizes pragmatism over moralism, religious tolerance over fundamentalist rigidity, and social mobility over class privilege. That broadly democratic sensibility allowed Franklin his contradictions, as Isaacson shows. Though a man of lofty principles, Franklin wasn't shy of using sex to sell the newspapers he edited and published; though far from frivolous, he liked his toys and his mortal pleasures; and though he sometimes gave off a simpleton image, he was a shrewd and even crafty politician. Isaacson doesn't shy from enumerating Franklin’s occasional peccadilloes and shortcomings, in keeping with the iconoclastic nature of our time--none of which, however, stops him from considering Benjamin Franklin "the most accomplished American of his age," and one of the most admirable of any era. And here’s one bit of proof: as a young man, Ben Franklin regularly went without food in order to buy books. His example, as always, is a good one--and this is just the book to buy with the proceeds from the grocery budget. --Gregory McNamee From Publishers Weekly Most people's mental image of Ben Franklin is that of an aged man with wire-rim glasses and a comb-over, flying a kite in a thunder storm, or of the spirited face that stares back from a one-hundred-dollar bill. Isaacson's (Kissinger) biography does much to remind us of Franklin's amazing depth and breadth. At once a scientist, craftsman, writer, publisher, comic, sage, ladies' man, statesman, diplomat and inventor, Franklin not only wore many hats, but in many cases, did not have an equal. The most intriguing thing he invented, and continued to reinvent, according to Isaacson, was himself. Three-time Tony winner Gaines has an obvious interest and affinity for the material. His delivery of Isaacson's factual yet fascinating biography is informative and friendly with an instructional yet casual tone, like that of a gregarious narrator of an educational film. All things considered, Gaines is a good match for the material. He has the authority to deliver historical facts and the enthusiasm to keep listeners interested. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

A Benjamin Franklin Reader

Author: Walter Isaacson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 0743274830
Release Date: 2005-06-15
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

A selection of Benjamin Franklin’s writings, with an introduction and commentary by renowned author Walter Isaacson. Selected and annotated by the author of the acclaimed Benjamin Franklin: An American Life, this collection of Franklin’s writings shows why he was the bestselling author of his day and remains America’s favorite founder and wit. Includes an introductory essay exploring Franklin’s life and impact as a writer, and each piece is accompanied by a preface and notes that provide background, context, and analysis.

Benjamin Franklin

Author: Walter Isaacson
Publisher:
ISBN: 0756789656
Release Date: 2005-05
Genre:

A New York Times Bestseller A Book of the Month Club Main Selection A History Book Club Alternate Selection In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin's amazing life, from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman, scientist, and Founding Father. He chronicles Franklin's tumultuous relationship with his illegitimate son and grandson, his practical marriage, and his flirtations with the ladies of Paris. He also shows how Franklin helped to create the American character and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.

Benjamin Franklin in American Thought and Culture 1790 1990

Author: Nian-Sheng Huang
Publisher: American Philosophical Society
ISBN: 0871692112
Release Date: 1994
Genre: Philosophy

An exploration of Benjamin Franklin's diverse legacies in American life from 1790, the year of his death, to 1990. This book also focuses on the intricate relations between the functions of images & perceptions in society on the one hand & the changing social & cultural conditons that have constantly affected the alterations of those images & perceptions on the other. Includes a Selected Bibliography. Illus.

Die Machiavellis der Wissenschaft das Netzwerk des Leugnens

Author: Erik M. Conway
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9783527412112
Release Date: 2013-12-18
Genre: Democracy and science

Ein ganz realer Thriller: Wie skrupellose Lobbyisten seriöse Forscher diffamierten und gezielt Falschinformationen in lancierten Medienkampagnen global verbreiteten. Der Plot ist hollywoodreif, die Geschichte so skandalträchtig wie bestürzend Eine Handvoll Forscher leugnet, manipuliert und diskreditiert anerkannte wissenschaftliche Tatsachen wie den Klimawandel oder den Zusammenhang zwischen dem Rauchen und gesundheitlichen Risiken. Doch Die Machiavellis der Wissenschaft (im Original Merchants of Doubt) ist kein fiktiver Roman, sondern berichtet von der Realität. In den USA sorgte das Buch von Naomi Oreskes und Erik M. Conway für Furore und wurde zum Bestseller. Kein Wunder, die Geschichte, die sie erzählen, ist schließlich unglaublich – es ist die Geschichte über den Kampf gegen Fakten und über den Handel mit dem Zweifel, über die Manipulation der Medien und die Diffamierung Einzelner. Und sie geht uns alle an. Schließlich lehnten die USA als einzige Industrienation die Ratifizierung des Kyoto–Protokolls ab und verhinderten so wichtige Schritte des Klimaschutzes. Ein Lehrstück über die Macht der Industrielobby und ihre Handlanger aus Politik und Wissenschaft und ein Lehrstück darüber, wie erschreckend einfach es möglich ist, mit unlauteren Absichten selbst seriöse Medien zu beeinflussen und mit nachweislich falschen Informationen zu »füttern«.

The First American

Author: H. W. Brands
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 9780307754943
Release Date: 2010-05-26
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Pulitzer Prize Finalist Benjamin Franklin, perhaps the pivotal figure in colonial and revolutionary America, comes vividly to life in this masterly biography. Wit, diplomat, scientist, philosopher, businessman, inventor, and bon vivant, Benjamin Franklin was in every respect America’s first Renaissance man. From penniless runaway to highly successful printer, from ardently loyal subject of Britain to architect of an alliance with France that ensured America’s independence, Franklin went from obscurity to become one of the world’s most admired figures, whose circle included the likes of Voltaire, Hume, Burke, and Kant. Drawing on previously unpublished letters and a host of other sources, acclaimed historian H. W. Brands has written a thoroughly engaging biography of the eighteenth-century genius. A much needed reminder of Franklin’s greatness and humanity, The First American is a work of meticulous scholarship that provides a magnificent tour of a legendary historical figure, a vital era in American life, and the countless arenas in which the protean Franklin left his legacy.

Benjamin Franklin

Author: Hal Marcovitz
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 9781438104010
Release Date: 2009-01-01
Genre: Inventors

Presents a biography of the eighteenth-century printer, inventor, and statesman who played an influential role in the early history of the United States.

Freakonomics

Author: Steven D. Levitt
Publisher:
ISBN: 3442154510
Release Date: 2007
Genre:

Sind Swimmingpools gefährlicher als Revolver? Warum betrügen Lehrer? Der preisgekrönte Wirtschaftswissenschaftler Steven D. Levitt kombiniert Statistiken, deren Zusammenführung und Gegenüberstellung auf den ersten Blick absurd erscheint, durch seine Analysetechnik aber zu zahlreichen Aha-Effekten führt. Ein äußerst unterhaltsamer Streifzug durch die Mysterien des Alltags, der uns schmunzeln lässt und stets über eindimensionales Denken hinausführt.

Benjamin Franklin

Author: Edmund S. Morgan
Publisher:
ISBN: 3406535089
Release Date: 2006-01
Genre: Inventors

Benjamin Franklin is perhaps the most remarkable figure in American history: the greatest statesman of his age, he played a pivotal role in the formation of the American republic. He was also a pioneering scientist, a best selling author, the country's first postmaster general, a printer, a bon vivant, a diplomat, a ladies' man, and a moralist-and the most prominent celebrity of the eighteenth century. Franklin was, however, a man of vast contradictions, as Edmund Morgan demonstrates in this brilliant biography. A reluctant revolutionary, Franklin had desperately wished to preserve the British Empire, and he mourned the break even as he led the fight for American independence. Despite his passion for science, Franklin viewed his groundbreaking experiments as secondary to his civic duties. And although he helped to draft both the Declaration of Independence and the American Constitution, he had personally hoped that the new American government would take a different shape. Unraveling the enigma of Franklin's character, Morgan shows that he was the rare individual who consistently placed the public interest before his own desires.

The Innovators

Author: Walter Isaacson
Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag
ISBN: 9783641176839
Release Date: 2018-04-23
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Sind sie jetzt Nerds, Weltverbesserer oder Spieler – diejenigen, die alles für möglich halten und nur durch die Frontscheibe schauen? Der Steve-Jobs-Biograf Walter Isaacson gibt diesen Vordenkern des digitalen Zeitalters ein Gesicht. Er blickt auf Erfinder und abenteuerlustige Unternehmer, die keine Grenzen akzeptieren, die unerbittlich und lustvoll Zukunft machen wollen. Die großen Namen wie Jobs und Gates stehen dabei immer für die Vielen, die in einem Zeitalter, das keine Alleinherrscher über Informationen duldet, permanent Ideen produzieren und Entwicklungen vorantreiben. Die Reise geht von Ada Lovelace über Alan Turing, John von Neumann, Konrad Zuse und Grace Hopper bis zu den genialen Kindern des Silicon Valley.

Ben Franklin America s Original Entrepreneur

Author: Blaine McCormick
Publisher: Entrepreneur Press
ISBN: 9781599181950
Release Date: 2008-07-08
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

Inventor, Writer, Statesman, Military Leader…Businessman You are holding the only modern adaptation of Benjamin Franklin's 18th century autobiography. It is at its heart one of the greatest business stories ever told. “Franklin's autobiography is America's first great self-help book. It teaches in a delightful way how to win friends, influence people and succeed in business. Professor McCormick makes this great work more accessible and adds his own insights.” -Walter Isaacson, author, Benjamin Franklin: An American Life “Anyone who's got the bug and drive to become a great leader and innovator can only be inspired by the life of Benjamin Franklin, who quite literally wrote the book for getting the most out of himself and brining out the best in others. His genius - scientific, entrepreneurial, diplomatic, and literary - was sui generis. His Autobiography is a classic of Americn letters, and he emerges from the pages of Professor McCormick's version not only as our contemporary, but also as a 21st century visionary, not to mention a wise companion.” -Dr. Judith Rodin, President Emerita, The University of Pennsylvania, President, The Rockefeller Foundation “Statesman and inventor are the first images that come to mind when we think of Benjamin Franklin, but as his autobiography will remind us, he was also a very successful entrepreneur and a most fascinating individual. Dr. McCormick brings the story of Franklin's entrepreneurial spirit alive for today's audience in his adaptation of Franklin's autobiography.” -United States Congressman Michael N. Castle (Delaware) Fifth Generation Franklin Descendant

Kleopatra

Author: Stacy Schiff
Publisher: C. Bertelsmann Verlag
ISBN: 9783641083311
Release Date: 2013-07-08
Genre: History

Die glänzend erzählte Lebensgeschichte der legendären ägyptischen Königin Kleopatra VII., letzter weiblicher Pharao Ägyptens, ist heute hinter Mythen, übler Nachrede und märchenhafter Schönheit verborgen. Stacy Schiff , Pulitzer-Preisträgerin, zeigt in ihrer Biografie dank intensiver Recherche und neuer Auswertung antiker Quellen nicht nur die laszive Verführerin und das intrigante Machtweib, sondern enthüllt eine außerordentlich starke Herrscherin – selbstbewusst, versiert in politischem Kalkül, diplomatisch und visionär. Detailfülle und Mut zum zugespitzten historischen Urteil, sprachliche Eleganz und provokantspritzige Porträts der mächtigen Mit- und Gegenspieler an Kleopatras Seite versetzen den Leser ins alte Reich am Nil mit seinem weltläufigen Charme und seiner machtpolitischen Unerbittlichkeit.

Walter Isaacson Great Innovators e book boxed set

Author: Walter Isaacson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451677607
Release Date: 2011-10-24
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

This includes the exclusive biography of Steve Jobs and bestselling biographies Benjamin Franklin and Einstein.