The Loyal Son

The Loyal Son

The War in Ben Franklin's House

Book - 2017
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At the heart of Ben Franklin's life was his infamous relationship with his son William. Born when Franklin was only 24, the boy was adopted by his father, raised and educated to be his aide. William rose to be the Royal Governor of New Jersey a decade before the Revolution. Politics then pulled them apart, the famous patriot and the loyal Tory governor, and what had been a loving bond was destroyed forever.

With the shrewdness and persistence of a master detective, Epstein reconstructs the loving but complicated relationship between Ben and William, shedding light on a little-known side of Benjamin's life, as well as on the motives that caused William to become a leader of violent counter-revolutionary guerillas.

Story Locale- London and Philadelphia, mid to late 1700s
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2017
ISBN: 9780345544216
Branch Call Number: 973.3 Epst
Characteristics: xx, 438 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Preface: a night journey, 1731
Part I. Sons of the empire
Americans in London: September 22, 1761
Colonial contemporaries, 1753
Defenses and engagements
Challenges, 1757
Part II. America and her children
America, 1763
A frenzy or madness
Blood and money
Rebellion, 1772-73
A thorough government man
Two roads
Part III. War
Trevose, 1775
The last word
The reckoning, 1776
The dark night of the soul
Part IV. Danse macabre
The scene of action, 1778-81
Captain Huddy and the dance of death
Going home
Epilogue, 1785-1823


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