The Printer and the Preacher: Ben Franklin, George Whitefield, and the Surprising Friendship that Invented America available on December 02 2015 from Amazon for 12.38
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They were the most famous men in America. They came from separate countries, followed different philosophies, and led dissimilar lives. But they were fast friends. No two people did more to shape America in the mid-1700s. Benjamin Franklin was the American prototype: hard-working, inventive, practical, funny, with humble manners and lofty dreams. George Whitefield was the most popular preacher in an era of great piety, whose outdoor preaching across the colonies was heard by thousands, all of whom were told, “You must be born again.” People became excited about God. They began reading the Bible and supporting charities. When Whitefield died in 1770, on a preaching tour in New Hampshire, he had built a spiritual foundation for a new nation—just as his surviving friend, Ben Franklin, had built its social foundation. Together these two men helped establish a new nation founded on liberty. This is the story of their amazing friendship.
My review is fairly critical of Peterson's book. However, let me state at the beginning, that I enjoyed the book a lot, even with all the things that I find wrong with it. If I ignore the fact that I think Peterson failed to demonstrate his premise that a friendship between Franklin and Whitefield "invented America", he does a good job of showing how these two men exerted a powerful influence on the unique character of the emerging American nation. Many of these charac..
In the Printer and the Preacher, Randy Petersen examines his subjects—Ben Franklin and George Whitefield, from the beginning. He writes of their parents, their childhoods, and the cities they grew up in. He dwells on the details that he believes shaped them the most (along with a lot of other details), such as Franklin’s apprenticeship at a print shop or Whitefield’s days of studying and practicing theater. And he shows how, though they had many differences, ..