Palm Beach, FL (PRWEB) January 17, 2006
Bacchus Press Ltd announces the publication of James Gabler’s “An Evening with Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson: Dinner, Wine and Conversation” on January 17, 2006--the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin’s birth. The cover illustration is a reproduction of John Trumbull’s “Declaration of Independence,” and the back cover carries comments by Walter Isaacson, author of “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life,” and wine critic Robert M. Parker, Jr. ISBN: 0961352566, $29.95. The book is available at all bookstores through the Ingram Book Company and from Amazon.com.
In “An Evening with Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson,” the reader, through a dream sequence, is transported back in time to 18th century Paris. In the comfort of Jefferson’s residence on the Champs-Elysées, Franklin and Jefferson tell in their own words the most interesting stories of their lives. There are nearly nine hundred citations of authority to support all of Franklin and Jefferson's comments.
They talk about their early years, their embarrassments, disappointments, intrigues, travels, social activities in London and Paris, the women in their lives, the libel and slander they suffered at the hands of their political enemies, slavery, religion, their opinions of and associations with George Washington, John Adams, John Paul Jones, Marquis de Lafayette, the charismatic Edward Bancroft, a British spy who was Franklin’s secretary and friend, and much more.
When told of the acts of terror involving 9/11, Jefferson compares it to his experience while president in dealing with the Barbary pirate states who captured our merchant ships, enslaved the crews, and held them for ransom. When informed of the Abu Ghraib torture scandals, they discuss and contrast the treatment of prisoners during the Revolutionary War.
Franklin and Jefferson were both wine lovers, and wine is a topic of conversation throughout the evening. One of the many wine subjects discussed is whether the bottle of 1787 Lafite engraved with the initials "Th. J.", and sold by Christie’s at auction for $156,450 (the world’s most expensive bottle of wine), was ever owned by Jefferson.
Other books by James Gabler include “Passions: The Wines and Travels of Thomas Jefferson, “1995 Veuve Clicquot “Wine Book of the Year,” a beginner’s guide to wine, “How To Be A Wine Expert, and Wine into Words: A History and Bibliography of Wine Books in the English Language.”
Anita Baldi, Director of Marketing
Bacchus Press Ltd
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