Willard Sterne Randall has won numerous awards, among them the National Magazine Award from the Columbia School of Journalism for his articles on political corruption in Philadelphia. Benedict Arnold, Patriot and Traitor was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and was named a Notable Book by The New York Times. After a seventeen year career as an award-winning investigative reporter, he completed graduate studies in history at Princeton University. Author of six prizewinning Founding Father biographies, most recently Ethan Allen, His Life and Times, Randall recently retired as Professor and Distinguished Scholar in History at Champlain College in Vermont, where he lives with his wife and frequent co-author, Nancy Nahra.
A Little Revenge: Benjamin Franklin And His Sonby Willard Sterne Randall
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Almost everyone is familiar with the accomplishments of Benjamin Franklin, but few know that he had an illegitimate son named William, an intelligent young man who first served his father as a military adviser, legal counsel, and pamphleteer, eventually rising to be Royal Governor of New Jersey, only to become his father's implacable enemy. A Little Revenge is the untold story of the tortured relationship between these two extraordinary men. Benjamin hoped that through William he could found a political dynasty that would rival that of the Adams family.
But when the American Revolution broke out and William refused to follow his father and remained loyal to the British Crown, an enmity developed that was frightening in its ferocity. When William was captured by the rebels, his father made sure he was confined to a notorious prison and intervened in Washington's attempt to free William through an exchange of prisoners. Once William did secure his freedom, he became deeply involved in the illegal execution of rebel prisoners. William was exiled to Britain, and he and Benjamin lived out their lives without ever forgiving the other. In fact, after the Revolution, they spoke only once to each other.
A Little Revenge reveals a whole other aspect to the American mythology of Benjamin Franklin and is a brand-new portrait of his fascinating son.
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Who knew? I had no idea that Benjamin Franklin had such a contentious relationship with is son. Franklin stood on the side of American independence during the Revolution; his son was a loyalist to England. This book tells the tragic story of father and son. High recommended.
A Little Revenge: Benjamin Franklin And His Son is a really interesting book. I mean it. I didn’t even know that Benjamin Franklin had any children. This is the story of the relationship between Benjamin Franklin and his illegitimate son William. It is interesting to hear how Benjamin Franklin wanted his son to be a part of a political dynasty to rival the Adams, but this all went to hell in a handbasket when the American Revolution happened and William sided with England. Wow! What an amazing story. I highly recommend this book!
Informative but redundant. Slow moving. Could have done in half the number of pages.. If you are a student of Franklin, you may wish to read this.
And frankin had to deny it was from the new vaccination even king david had a wayward son not his heir transpose this into modern terms in a more recent war what could any father do.?