By Randy Petersen
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, the two benefited each other through their relationship.
Petersen writes well, has done his research, and gives readers plenty of detail. Though I’ve generally enjoyed reading history and biography, including biographies of these very subjects, I found it hard to stay interested in this book. Other than the book’s not being able to hold my attention, I have no specific criticism, so maybe I chose the wrong subject. For anyone interested in these men in general, and their relationship in particular, this book should do just fine.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.