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Review: Somersett: Benjamin Franklin and the Masterminding of American Independence by Phillip Goodrich

This is a beast of an audiobook – 14 hours of dense facts, made easier to digest with some well acted dramatisation. The book follows the schemes of Benjamin Franklin, how he manipulated the North and the South, the British, the French, and the Dutch, all because of his dislike of the Penn family and his desire to give the colonies independence and a slave-free society.

The book is very focused on the political, how the schemes were planned and enacted, the military aspects of the war were mostly passed over. If you’re interested in Machiavellian scheming, this will be right up your street!

A very impressive book, well deserving 5 stars.

Book supplied by Netgalley for an honest review.

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