Books: World Citizen

FRANKLIN, THE APOSTLE OF MODERN TIMES—Bernard Faÿy—Little, Brown($3).

Though Benjamin Franklin was born in Boston (1706), he settled in Philadelphia, often visited Manhattan, spent some years in England, traveled on the Continent, reached the peak of his career in France. It is not inappropriate that this comprehensive and readable biography of the first U. S. world-citizen has been written by a Frenchman.

As a small child, Ben was "courageous, active and clever, rather than firm in his principles." He once amused his father by advising him to cut out the blessing before meals, instead to bless the pantry cupboard once for all and...

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