What We Are Reading Today: Franklin & Washington

What We Are Reading Today: Franklin & Washington
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Updated 02 February 2020

What We Are Reading Today: Franklin & Washington

What We Are Reading Today: Franklin & Washington

Author: Edward J. Larson

This first-of-its-kind dual biography of Benjamin Franklin and George Washington by Edward J. Larson, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, illuminates the importance of these leaders’ enduring partnership, according to a review published on goodreads.com.
Theirs was a three-decade-long bond that, more than any other pairing, would forge the US. Vastly different men, Benjamin Franklin — an abolitionist freethinker from the urban north — and George Washington — a slaveholding general from the agrarian south — were the indispensable authors of American independence and the two key partners in the attempt to craft a more perfect union at the Constitutional Convention, held in Franklin’s Philadelphia and presided over by Washington. And yet their teamwork has been little remarked upon in the centuries since.
Illuminating Franklin and Washington’s relationship with striking new detail and energy, Larson shows that theirs was truly an intimate working friendship that amplified the talents of each for collective advancement of the American project.