There has been a resurgence of interest in the life of Founder Benjamin Franklin in recent years, with these three volumes the most recent contributions to the literature. George Goodwin and Carla J. Mulford take different approaches to Benjamin Franklin as a global figure, while Thomas S. Kidd focuses upon the role religion played in Franklin's life and career.

Benjamin Franklin in London covers Franklin's life while focusing on the Founder's visits to London, from 1724 to 1726 as a youth and 1757 to 1775 as an adult (with one brief return to Philadelphia, 1762–64). Goodwin notes that Franklin saw himself as British his entire life and openly adapted British customs and ideas to colonial society. During the first visit, Franklin found work as a printer's apprentice, met a bookseller who allowed him to borrow second-hand books, and became exposed to natural philosophy (science), which helped immensely during his future...

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