Book Review: The Fever of 1721 by Stephen Coss


Author: Stephen Coss Title: The Fever of 1721: The Epidemic That Revolutionized Medicine and American Politics Narrator: Bob Souer Publication Info: Simon & Schuster (2016 Summary/Review: I received a free advanced readers copy of this audiobook through the Library Thing Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review. 1721 is a pivotal year in Boston history….

Book Review: Ben and Me by Robert Lawson


Author:  Robert Lawson Title: Ben and Me Publication Info: Boston, Mass. : Little, Brown, c1939. Summary/Review: I remember this story from when I was a kid, although I think I only saw the movie which I recall being less acerbic.  The basic gist is the same, Ben Franklin’s career as inventor, scientist, politician, and ambassador is aided…

Boston By Foot Walking Tour: Benjamin Franklin’s 310th Birthday


Sunday is the birthday of early American leader Benjamin Franklin,  born in Boston on January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705].  Come learn more about this Son of Boston on a Boston By Foot tour lead by knowledgeable Boston By Foot guides (including yours truly).  The tour visits sites associated with Ben Franklin’s life in Boston from…

Book Review: Book of Ages : the Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore


Author: Jill Lepore Title: Book of Ages : the Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin Publication Info: Vintage (October 1, 2013) ISBN: 9780307958341 Books read by the same author: Blindspot The Whites of Their Eyes Summary/Review: Jill Lepore, one of my favorite historians, addresses the question put forth by Virginia Woolf regarding about Shakespeare’s sister being equally brilliant but lacking…

Benjamin Franklin’s 305th Birthday


This coming Monday is the holiday where we observe the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.  I encourage one and all to celebrate the life of Dr. King and put in some volunteer service time. But, Monday is also the birthday of another great American leader, Benjamin Franklin, who was born in Boston on January…

Book Review: Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson


Author: Walter Isaacson Title: Benjamin Franklin: An American Life Publication Info:  RecordedBooks (2003), Audio CD ISBN: 1402592957 Summary/Review:  I’ve been learning more about this early American leader for my BBF walking tour and I find him increasingly fascinating the more I learn about him.  Isaacson writes a lively narrative with a good balance between historical…

Links of the Day for 17 January 2008


This morning I fell back to sleep and had one of those dreams where I got up and got ready for work.  I should have figured out it was a dream when I gathered up all my clothing and headed out to catch the T.  Once I boarded I took a shower on board the…