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Author Schiff, Stacy.

Title A great improvisation : Franklin, France, and the birth of America / Stacy Schiff.

Imprint New York : Henry Holt, 2005.


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 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  973.3 F854Bsc 2005    ---  Available
Edition 1st ed.
Description xvii, 489 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 459-461) and index.
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.
Summary 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, he well understood he was embarking on the greatest gamble of his career. By virtue of fame, charisma, and ingenuity, he outmaneuvered British spies, French informers, and hostile colleagues; engineered the Franco-American alliance of 1778; and helped to negotiate the peace of 1783. 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.
Subject United States -- Foreign relations -- France.
France -- Foreign relations -- United States.
United States -- Foreign relations -- 1775-1783.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790.
ISBN 0805066330
Standard No. NLGGC 271951052
YDXCP 2181100
NZ1 8979651
AU@ 000026396334

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