Ben Franklin was a diplomat, scientist, inventor, politician, one of the founding father of america, a self-made millionaire, writer, printer among many things. He always referred himself as the printer from Philadelphia. He is the quintessential american who embodied and defined the american middle class philosophy. My fascination with Ben Franklin began ever since I read about his 13 virtues in wikipedia. Thought Walter Isaacson's biography will provide an inside view of Ben "The Man". However, I have mixed feeling about the book. On the one hand, this book rich information on Ben's life and highlights his virtues and vices. We can see Ben Franklin as a Man in flesh & blood and not just the over-achiever Ben Franklin "the polymath". On the other hand, the book, in my view, lacks narrative flow in many places and basically had to skim through some parts. This book is highly rated in GR. However, in my view, it didn't work to well for me. Overall, a decent biography on Ben Franklin.