hello I'm Nick bunker the author of young Benjamin Franklin the birth of ingenuity in this book I'm dealing with the neglected period of Franklin's career his early life up until the point when at the age of 41 he embarked on his great experiments with electricity how did he prepare himself for his work in science and in politics what were the aspects of his character his background and his family history that went to make Franklin the man he was to tell the story I've had to go beyond the account of his early life that Franklin gives in his famous autobiography I had to delve into unfamiliar archival sources on both sides of the Atlantic but I've also had to examine the life with his forebears the Franklin's of 17th century England of their achievements in England paved the way for Franklin's own later successes

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