A Unique Approach Benjamin Franklin was a notable statesman, inventor, scientist, and an enthusiastic scholar. He had a strong interest in how and why things worked and was eager to improve the state of the world. One of the most interesting aspects of his life was his scientific work, which seemed to take a backseat to his political career. Franklin made a multitude of discoveries and advancements in the field of electricity which set the groundwork for modern science.
What Edmund S. Morgan managed to do was truly unique. Morgan treated Franklin as a human being with human qualities, not just a Founding Father placed on a pedestal. He opened a window into Benjamin Franklin's character. Morgan discussed Franklin's insatiable curiosity, which undoubtedly led to his great scientific career. He noted Franklin's aversion to conflict when the scientist chose not to defend his discoveries against an opponent's claims. This biography, as opposed to a factual novel was more of a character analysis that focused on the meaning behind the facts.
This biography was most certainly not concerned with details. Instead of agonizing over the small issues, Morgan assumed the reader had some background knowledge in the life of Franklin and truly focused on the story of his life. This made the book much more enjoyable as the reader was not bogged down with minute details. Morgan's biography truly celebrated the life of Benjamin Franklin, not just the dull facts surrounding his accomplishments. A very good and accessible character sketch. I enjoyed this book. It focuses mainly on Franklin's time abroad in England and France and gives an overview on who Franklin was and how he interacted on the world stage during the revolutionary period. I believe it's very accessible and would be a good starting place for anyone interested in Franklin's life. He's funny!Good bang for the buck This is not a concise, unabridged work regarding Ben Franklin, but a great read for someone wanting a taste not only of the man, but the events that surrounded him.
Perhaps what makes the book great is that the story is fluid, it explains enough (but not too much) of the historical context, and is a very quick read.
For those of you looking for a detailed look into the life of Franklin, I think a more succinct and voluminous work would better meet your requirement.