The Resource The loyal son : the war in Ben Franklin's house, Daniel Mark Epstein, (electronic resource)

The loyal son : the war in Ben Franklin's house, Daniel Mark Epstein, (electronic resource)

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The loyal son : the war in Ben Franklin's house
Title
The loyal son
Title remainder
the war in Ben Franklin's house
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Mark Epstein
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Language
eng
Summary
The dramatic story of a founding father, his illegitimate son, and the tragedy of their conflict during the American Revolution-from the acclaimed author of The Lincolns. Ben Franklin is the most lovable of America's founding fathers. His wit, his charm, his inventiveness-even his grandfatherly appearance-are legendary. But this image obscures the scandals that dogged him throughout his life. In The Loyal Son, award-winning historian Daniel Mark Epstein throws the spotlight on one of the more enigmatic aspects of Franklin's biography: his complex and confounding relationship with his illegitimate son William. When he was twenty-four, Franklin fathered a child with a woman who was not his wife. He adopted the boy, raised him, and educated him to be his aide. Ben and William became inseparable. After the famous kite-in-a-thunderstorm experiment, it was William who proved that the electrical charge in a lightning bolt travels from the ground up, not from the clouds down. On a diplomatic mission to London, it was William who charmed London society. He was invited to walk in the procession of the coronation of George III; Ben was not. The outbreak of the American Revolution caused a devastating split between father and son. By then, William was royal governor of New Jersey, while Ben was one of the foremost champions of American independence. In 1776, the Continental Congress imprisoned William for treason. George Washington made efforts to win William's release, while his father, to the world's astonishment, appeared to have abandoned him to his fate. A fresh take on the combustible politics of the age of independence, The Loyal Son is a gripping account of how the agony of the American Revolution devastated one of America's most distinguished families. Like Nathaniel Philbrick and David McCullough, Epstein is a storyteller first and foremost, a historian who weaves together fascinating incidents discovered in long-neglected documents to draw us into the private world of the men and women who made America. Advance praise for The Loyal Son "A riveting narrative about the bizarre turmoil between Benjamin Franklin and his son William. The amount of new research undertaken is deeply impressive. And the writing is elegant and always informative. Highly recommended!"-Douglas Brinkley, professor of history, Rice University, CNN presidential historian, and author of Rightful Heritage "This poignant, absorbing portrait of Benjamin Franklin and his son William is a powerful reminder that America's fight for independence was also an agonizing civil war, in this case pitting a father against his beloved son. In exploring Franklin's tormented relationship with William, the royal governor of New Jersey, who remained loyal to Britain, Epstein brilliantly illuminates the American Revolution's tragic human cost."-Lynne Olson, New York Times bestselling author of Citizens of London and Last Hope Island "Epstein has written a textured, sympathetic account of a fallen founder, William Franklin: patriot, public servant, son, and political partner of Benjamin. Epstein shows, from the inside, his ambitions, yearnings, decisions good and bad, and final, crushing failure."-Richard Brookhiser, author of Founders' Son "Epstein tells the story with zest, passion, and compassion."-John Ferling, author of Whirlwind and Jefferson and Hamilton
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
TEFOD
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Epstein, Daniel Mark
Dewey number
973.3092
Index
index present
LC call number
E302.6.F8
LC item number
E59 2017eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Franklin, Benjamin
  • Franklin, William
  • Statesmen
  • Governors
  • American loyalists
  • Statesmen's children
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
  • Statesmen
  • American loyalists
  • United States
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The loyal son : the war in Ben Franklin's house, Daniel Mark Epstein, (electronic resource)
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unknown
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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online resource
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  • cr
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Preface: a night journey, 1731 -- Part I. Sons of the empire -- Americans in London: September 22, 1761 -- Colonial contemporaries, 1753 -- Defenses and engagements -- Challenges, 1757 -- Triumphs -- Part II. America and her children -- America, 1763 -- A frenzy or madness -- Blood and money -- Rebellion, 1772-73 -- A thorough government man -- Two roads -- Part III. War -- Trevose, 1775 -- The last word -- The reckoning, 1776 -- Paterfamilias -- The dark night of the soul -- Part IV. Danse macabre -- The scene of action, 1778-81 -- Captain Huddy and the dance of death -- Going home -- Epilogue, 1785-1823
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unknown
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First edition.
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1 online resource (xx, 438 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates)
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unknown
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online
Isbn
9780345544223
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unknown
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
Other physical details
illustrations.
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bee80b3c-4fd8-4a30-8070-89ba5fecfbe8
Publisher number
EB00685371
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)988576121
Label
The loyal son : the war in Ben Franklin's house, Daniel Mark Epstein, (electronic resource)
Link
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface: a night journey, 1731 -- Part I. Sons of the empire -- Americans in London: September 22, 1761 -- Colonial contemporaries, 1753 -- Defenses and engagements -- Challenges, 1757 -- Triumphs -- Part II. America and her children -- America, 1763 -- A frenzy or madness -- Blood and money -- Rebellion, 1772-73 -- A thorough government man -- Two roads -- Part III. War -- Trevose, 1775 -- The last word -- The reckoning, 1776 -- Paterfamilias -- The dark night of the soul -- Part IV. Danse macabre -- The scene of action, 1778-81 -- Captain Huddy and the dance of death -- Going home -- Epilogue, 1785-1823
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
First edition.
Extent
1 online resource (xx, 438 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780345544223
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Other physical details
illustrations.
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
bee80b3c-4fd8-4a30-8070-89ba5fecfbe8
Publisher number
EB00685371
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)988576121

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