Linda Killian is an author, journalist, historian and political analyst who has written two books on contemporary American politics. She has a Ph.D. in history and is working on a book on Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Paine’s Lost Democratic Vision. She has frequently appeared on national radio and television and her writing and commentary has been published in many national publications and websites.

Books by Linda Killian

Linda Discusses “The Swing Vote” on C-SPAN’s “After Words”

Book Reviews by Linda Killian

Ambitious, flawed Ben Franklin on a path to greatness

A review of “Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity” (N. Bunker, Knopf, 2018)
Review as published in the Washington Post on November 29, 2018

Ingenuity is the central theme of Nick Bunker’s book about the first half of Franklin’s life. “Ingenuity” was Franklin’s favorite word, and in the 18th century it meant a combination of intellect, imagination, practical skills, wit and sociability — all traits Franklin possessed in abundance. In “Young Benjamin Franklin: The Birth of Ingenuity,” Bunker offers ample evidence to illustrate how Franklin developed ingenuity and how it influenced the rest of his life. Franklin’s origins, character and background, Bunker writes, serve to explain the man he would become.

Anyone interested in Franklin and early America should find this book fascinating. It offers important insight into the internal struggles Franklin wrestled with as a youth and the questions he strove to answer.