Last year, I read Walter Isaacson’s fascinating biography on Albert Einstein, titled, “Einstein: His Life and Universe.”
Earlier today, I decided to look for more work by Isaacson and found that he wrote another great biography, this time about Benjamin Franklin. The book was titled, “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life.”
The tagline, “an American life,” struck a chord with me because it sounded so familiar. Where else have I heard that term recently? Ah yes.
Seriously? It’s kind of insulting and sad that these books share the same tagline. Here are a few differences between the subjects of each book.
- One book is about a great person, who had a profound effect on the founding of our country. The other is about someone trying to inadvertantly destroy it.
- One book is about an inventor, intellect, and scientist. The other is about someone who despises those descriptions and the people behind them.
- One book is about is about someone who strived to persevere in all facets of life. The other is about someone who perpetually quits when things get too tough.
- One book is about a great American. The other is not.