EDWARD J. LARSON received the Pulitzer Prize for History for Summer for the Gods: The Scopes Trial and America's Continuing Debate over Science and Religion. He is the co-author of Modern Library's The Constitutional Convention: A Narrative History from the Notes of James Madison and author of The Return of George Washington: Uniting the States, 1783-1789, and A Magnificent Catastrophe: The Tumultuous Election of 1800. He was an inaugural fellow at the National Library for the Study of George Washington. Larson is University Professor of History and holds the Hugh & Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University. He travels widely as a media commentator, visiting instructor, and guest speaker.
“America has always been a team project, and its Founding co-captains are Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. But until now, curiously, there has not been a joint biography worthy of these two great Captains America. Edward J. Larson finally delivers just what we need: a crisp narrative crackling with great stories and deep insights. Equally fun and wise-a rare combination-Franklin & Washington is an indispensable book about our two indispensable Founding Fathers. -- Akhil Reed Amar, Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science, Yale University, and author of America's Constitution: A Biography In 1790, John Adams joked that the history of the Revolution would eventually boil down to Washington and Franklin doing pretty much everything. This was not as much of a joke as Adams imagined: Edward J. Larson's elegantly written dual biography reveals that the partnership of Franklin and Washington was indispensable to the success of the Revolution. -- Gordon S. Wood, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for History and the Bancroft Prize, and author of <em>Revolutionary Characters</em> and <em>Empire of Liberty</em> Larson brings together the lives of these titans, showing how their backgrounds and joint interests made them ideal partners. ... An inspired approach for considering the lives and legacies of these two founding fathers. -- Booklist, STARRED Review Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Larson writes a dual biography of two founding fathers, shedding light on a special partnership and decades-long bond that made America possible. -- USA Today Larson laudably tries to counter the tendency of historians, especially biographers, to focus on individuals rather than teams...[A] well-written and interesting biographical narrative. -- Washington Post Larson presents a concise yet engaging narrative that illuminates how individuals can have as much impact on events as broader societal or economic forces. -- USA Today