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.
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