Excellent history of Ben Franklin's role in the American War of Independence as the chief diplomat of the Continental Congress. This book clarifies that Franklin, sometimes underrated, was the key player getting International recognition, French money and the French military to help the United States. Without the French navy and army the British would not have been defeated at Yorktown. The book shows support of French Foreign Minister Vergennes, was America's key supporter in the French government. Franklin's personal relationship with Vergennes was important part of the effective diplomacy, as was Franklin's friendship with British Prime Minister Lord Shelburne to frame the terms of the 1783 Treaty of Paris.
Every caring American -- especially the few Americans left who understand Franklin's proscription "Those who trade freedom for comfort deserve neither" -- should read this book which elegantly narrates what our forebears suffered to brainstorm -- and gift us -- with this nation. Franklin loved the French who loved him -- and of course the French are the best at everything! Read this book to your kids and mates. Hiking and biking and the angst of building yet more "comforts" -- can wait!
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