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The Resource A great improvisation : [Franklin, France, and the birth of America], Stacy Schiff, (sound recording)

A great improvisation : [Franklin, France, and the birth of America], Stacy Schiff, (sound recording)

Label
A great improvisation : [Franklin, France, and the birth of America]
Title
A great improvisation
Title remainder
[Franklin, France, and the birth of America]
Statement of responsibility
Stacy Schiff
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
""In December 1776, a small boat delivered an old man to France." So begins a dazzling narrative account of Benjamin Franklin's French mission, the most exacting-- and momentous-- eight years of his life. When Franklin embarked, the colonies were without money, munitions, gunpowder, or common cause; like all adolescents, they were to discover that there was a difference between declaring independence and achieving it. To close that gap Franklin was dispatched to Paris, amid great secrecy, across a winter sea thick with enemy cruisers. He was seventy years old, without any diplomatic training, and possessed of the most rudimentary French. He was also among the most famous men in the world. Franklin well understood he was off on the greatest gamble of his career. But despite minimal direction from Congress he was soon outwitting the British secret service and stirring a passion for a republic in an absolute monarchy. In A Great Improvisation, Stacy Schiff offers an utterly fresh and thrilling account of Franklin's Parisian adventure and of America's debut on the world stage. Schiff weaves her tale of international intrigue from new and little-known primary sources, working from a host of diplomatic archives, family papers, and intelligence reports. From her pages emerges a particularly human Founding Father, as well as a vivid sense of how fragile, improvisational, and international was our country's bid for independence"--Container
Cataloging source
TEFBT
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Schiff, Stacy
Dewey number
327.73044/09/033
Form of composition
not applicable
Format of music
not applicable
LC call number
E183.8.F8
LC item number
S35 2005ab
Literary text for sound recordings
other
Music parts
not applicable
PerformerNote
Read by Susan Denaker
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Denaker, Susan
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  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • United States
  • France
  • United States
Target audience
general
Transposition and arrangement
not applicable
Label
A great improvisation : [Franklin, France, and the birth of America], Stacy Schiff, (sound recording)
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Subtitle from container
  • Unabridged
  • Compact disc
Bar code
31223084259606
Capture and storage technique
unknown
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Library ed.
Extent
18 sound discs (72 min. each)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781415919835
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
s
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
6660-CD
Special playback characteristics
unknown
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
(OCoLC)57552355
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable
Label
A great improvisation : [Franklin, France, and the birth of America], Stacy Schiff, (sound recording)
Publication
Note
  • Subtitle from container
  • Unabridged
  • Compact disc
Bar code
31223084259606
Capture and storage technique
unknown
Carrier category
audio disc
Carrier category code
sd
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
spoken word
Content type code
spw
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm. diameter
Edition
Library ed.
Extent
18 sound discs (72 min. each)
Groove width / pitch
not applicable
Isbn
9781415919835
Media category
audio
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
s
Other physical details
digital
Publisher number
6660-CD
Special playback characteristics
unknown
Specific material designation
sound disc
Speed
1.4m. per second (discs)
System control number
(OCoLC)57552355
Tape configuration
not applicable
Tape width
not applicable

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