Book Review: The Printer and the Preacher

The Printer and the Preacher : Ben Franklin, George Whitefield, and the Surprising Friendship that Invented America, by Randy Petersen

When I picked up this book I expected a  a history of the friendship between Ben Franklin and George Whitefield and how it inspired and formed America.  What I didn’t expect was two entirely separate biographies of each Ben Franklin and George Whitefield, compared side by side, which is exactly what this book is.

This book starts by going into detail of how Ben Franklin and George Whitefield were raised as children, their religious experience, and their early careers.  Then continues through each of their lives, intertwining with each others time line here and there, throughout the book.  I must admit that after the first half of the book, I lost interest and was unable to finish the remainder.  I’m sure this book is appealing to many out there, but I just couldn’t get into the dry writing.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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