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NF/NF. First edition, first printing. Signed and dated by Pulitzer Prize winning author on title page. 489 pp. N° de ref. de la librería 16282
Sinopsis: In this dazzling work of history, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author follows Benjamin Franklin to France for the crowning achievement of his career
In December of 1776 a small boat delivered an old man to France." So begins an enthralling narrative account of 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, Franklin outmaneuvered British spies, French informers, and hostile colleagues; engineered the Franco-American alliance of l778; and helped to negotiate the peace of l783. The eight-year French mission stands not only as Franklin's most vital service to his country but as the most revealing of the man.
In A Great Improvisation, Stacy Schiff draws from new and little-known sources to illuminate the least-explored part of Franklin's life. Here is an unfamiliar, unforgettable chapter of the Revolution, a rousing tale of American infighting, and the treacherous backroom dealings at Versailles that would propel George Washington from near decimation at Valley Forge to victory at Yorktown. 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.
Review: Benjamin Franklin began the "the most taxing assignment of his life" at the age of 70: to secure the aid of the French monarchy in helping the fledgling United States establish their republic. The job required tremendous skill, finesse, and discretion, and as Stacy Schiff makes clear in this brilliant book, Franklin was the ideal American, perhaps the only one, to take on the task, due in large part to his considerable personal prestige. One of the most famous men in the world when he landed in France in December 1776, his arrival caused a sensation--he was celebrated as a man of genius, a successor to Newton and Galileo, and treated as a great dignitary, even though the nation he represented was less than a year old and there were many doubts as to whether it would see its second birthday. Though he had no formal diplomatic training and spoke only rudimentary French, Franklin managed to engineer the Franco-American alliance of 1778 and the peace treaty of 1783, effectively inventing American foreign policy as he went along, in addition to serving as chief diplomat, banker, and director of American naval affairs.
Franklin recognized and accepted the fact that French aid was crucial to American independence, but some Founding Fathers resented him for making America dependent on a foreign power and severely attacked him for securing the very aid that saved the cause. Schiff offers fascinating coverage of this American infighting, along with the complex political intrigue in France, complete with British spies and French double agents, secret negotiations and backroom deals. A Great Improvisation is an entertaining and illuminating portrait of Franklin's seven-year adventure in France that "stands not only as his greatest service to his country but the most revealing of the man." --Shawn Carkonen
Título: A Great Improvisation; Franklin, France, and...
Editorial: New York, New York, U.S.A.: Henry Holt & Co
Año de publicación: 2005
Condición del libro: Near Fine
Condición de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine
Ejemplar firmado: Signed by Author(s)
Edición: 1st Edition
Descripción Henry Holt, 2005. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine. First Edition. Signed First Edition, First Printing of this narrative history of Benjamin Franklin's to engage France in support of the American causes during the American Revolution and early republic. Quite compelling portrait of a unique individual and his persuasive efforts representing a rough-hewn people breaking the shackles of colonial rule to the leaders of the sophisticated continental power. Stacy Schiff is a Pulitzer Prize winner and author of the recent bestselling biography of Cleopatra. Signed by Stacy Schiff on the title page. The book has a bump on the bottom edge of the back cover. Signed by Author(s). Nº de ref. de la librería 005207
Descripción New York: Henry Holt, 2005. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fine. 1st Edition. Hardcover. First Edition, first printing. Fine copy in fine dust jacket. Signed by Author on title page. Event flyer laid in. Signed by Author(s). Nº de ref. de la librería 009158
Descripción Henry Holt and Co., 2005. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Near Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine. 1st Edition. NF/NF. First edition, first printing. Signed and dated by author on title page. 489 pp. Signed by Author(s). Nº de ref. de la librería 22864
Descripción Henry Holt & Co., New York city, 2005. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Fine. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Near Fine. First Edition. First Printing. Flat-signed by author (no inscription). Cream and burgundy textured-paper boards with black imprinting and gold foil-stamped cover and spine. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. Near Flawless with only very light bump to top spine edge. AS NEW & UNREAD. NO markings throughout - NO rem mark or ex-lib. NOT a book club edtion. DJ is moderately bumped at top spine edge and has tiny chip at flap edge otherwise fine. Price intact: $30.00. Photos avail upon request. Signed by Author(s). Nº de ref. de la librería 001222