A great improvisation : Franklin, France, and the birth of America
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New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2005.
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Published
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2005.
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Book
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xvii, 489 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
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English
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9780805066333

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Includes bibliographical references (pages 459-461) and index.
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Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Schiff tells how Benjamin Franklin -- seventy years old, without any diplomatic training, and possessed of the most rudimentary French -- convinced France, an absolute monarchy, to underwrite America's experiment in democracy. When Franklin stepped onto French soil, he well understood he was embarking on the greatest gamble of his career. By virtue of fame, charisma, and ingenuity, he outmaneuvered British spies, French informers, and hostile colleagues; engineered the Franco-American alliance of 1778; and helped to negotiate the peace of 1783. From these pages emerge a particularly human and yet fiercely determined Founding Father, as well as a profound sense of how fragile, improvisational, and international was our country's bid for independence.
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George Washington Prize, 2006

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APA Citation, 7th Edition (style guide)

Schiff, S. (2005). A great improvisation: Franklin, France, and the birth of America (First edition.). Henry Holt and Company.

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Schiff, Stacy. 2005. A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America. Henry Holt and Company.

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Schiff, Stacy. A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America Henry Holt and Company, 2005.

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Schiff, Stacy. A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America First edition., Henry Holt and Company, 2005.

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