The Society for Useful Knowledge: How Benjamin Franklin and Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America

The Society for Useful Knowledge: How Benjamin Franklin and Friends Brought the Enlightenment to America

by Jonathan Lyons

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608195725
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 06/10/2014
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Lyons is the author of The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization (Bloomsbury Press, 2009). He served as editor and foreign correspondent for Reuters for more than twenty years. He holds a doctorate in sociology, and has taught at George Mason University, Georgetown University, and Monash University in Australia. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

Table of Contents

Significant Events xi

1 The Age of Franklin 1

2 Breaking the Chain 21

3 The Leather Apron Men 39

4 Useful Knowledge 57

5 Sense and Sensibility 73

6 Dead and Useless Languages 95

7 Knowledge and Rebellion 117

8 The Mechanics of Revolution 141

Epilogue: Manufacturing America 167

Acknowledgments 175

Notes 177

Bibliography 197

Index 209

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