书名：Benjamin Franklin – An American Life
作者： Walter Isaacson
播讲： Nelson Runger
播放时间： 24 小时 13 分钟
文件大小： 510 MB
In best selling author Walter Isaacson’s vivid and witty full-scale biography, we discover why Franklin turns to us from history’s stage with eyes that twinkle from behind his new-fangled spectacles. In Benjamin Franklin, Isaacson shows how Franklin defines both his own time and ours.
The most interesting thing that Franklin invented, and continually reinvented, was himself. America’s first great publicist, he was consciously trying to create a new American archetype. In the process, he carefully crafted his own persona, portrayed it in public, and polished it for posterity. His guiding principle was a “dislike of everything that tended to debase the spirit of the common people.” Few of his fellow founders felt this comfort with democracy so fully, and none so intuitively.
In this colorful and intimate narrative, Isaacson provides the full sweep of Franklin’s amazing life, from his days as a runaway printer to his triumphs as a statesman, scientist, and Founding Father. He chronicles Franklin’s tumultuous relationship with his illegitimate son and grandson, his practical marriage, and his flirtations with the ladies of Paris. He also shows how Franklin helped to create the American character and why he has a particular resonance in the twenty-first century.
本杰明·富兰克林是美国建国的创始者、美国独立运动的领导者、民主精神的缔造者、《独立宣言》的起草者；他还是最杰出的科学家、外交家、出版家、作家和社 会实业家。他像是”从天上偷窃火种的第二个普罗米修斯”（康德语），成为举世公认的现代文明之父、美国人的象征。书中包含了人生奋斗与成功的真知灼见以及 诸种善与美的道德真谛。