The Loyal Son: The War in Ben Franklin's House

The Loyal Son: The War in Ben Franklin's House

by Daniel Mark Epstein


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ISBN-13: 9780345544230
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 134,272
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.80(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Daniel Mark Epstein is the author of biographies of Abraham Lincoln and Walt Whitman, Aimee Semple McPherson, Nat King Cole, and Edna St. Vincent Millay, as well as nine volumes of poetry. His verse has appeared in The Atlantic, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review, among other publications. The American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded Epstein the Rome Prize in 1977 and an Arts and Letters Award in 2006. Daniel Mark Epstein lives in Baltimore.

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The Loyal Son: The War in Ben Franklin's House 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous 12 days ago
Epstein The Loyal Son The Loyal Son tells a story that has been heard many times, but this time with a fresh angle by focusing on the relationship between Benjamin Franklin and his son, William. William was the Royal governor of New Jersey at the time of the Revolution and stayed loyal to the king once the Revolution started. This book treats both men sympathetically, though, he provides an honest evaluation of their strengths and their weaknesses. Perhaps the real strength of this book is to remind the reader that the Revolutionary War was just as much of a war of “brother against brother” as the Civil War was 100 years later. However, unlike the Civil War, the Revolutionary War could really be neighbor against neighbor and the harshness of that reality is brought forth with this narrative. I found the writing engaging and flowed smoothly. A person with average knowledge of American history will be able to find much benefit within this book.
ScoobyVicki 7 months ago
This book is dynamite. I received it direct from the Publisher in about a 6-6 1/2 week time frame, but was so rewarded to read. It highlights some things about Benjamin's personal life regarding other women not always reflected in such and honest fact. He also gives quite a concise picture of Benjamin's son Williams strength of character and obstinate political stances. The authors research has laid out a simple but fascinating chronological time frame in these lives of these families . If you are interested in the strife and turmoil in the atmosphere of the U.S. just prior to the American Revolution this is the perfect portrayal of how homes can be divided by political beliefs and convictions.