The ebola epidemic in West Africa is not just a health care crisis. It has affected every corner of society in the countries most affected. Schools have been closed for months, infrastructure projects have been put on hold and GDP growth has slowed to a crawl. A discussion of the social and economic cost of Ebola in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
Founding father Benjamin Franklin’s interests included science, travel, philosophy, inventing, diplomacy, literature, social life, and, of course, politics. History professor H.W. Brands’ new biography depicts Franklin’s role in all these spheres and his immense influence on the birth of the United States.
- H.W. Brands author and history professor
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