Book Review: A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France And The Birth Of America By Stacy Schiff

About the book (Goodreads):

In December of 1776, a small boat delivered an old man to France.” So begins an enthralling narrative account of 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, Franklin outmaneuvered British spies, French informers, and hostile colleagues; engineered the Franco-American alliance of 1778; and helped to negotiate the peace of 1783. The eight-year French mission stands not only as Franklin’s most vital service to his country but as the most revealing of the man.




My Thoughts:



This book was not really about the great things Franklin did for America or about his invention of electricity or how he was not married but had a common law wife.  This book center around Benjamin Franklin’s diplomatic trip to France to rally support to George Washington cause of being free from England. 


I found it likeable at best and wish that it was the full life of Benjamin Franklin’s life. Rather then the few items that he did.



I give this book 2 stars out of 5 stars.


(Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all items in my blog posts have been purchased by me for my own personal use and not sent to me by companies for reviews.)


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