book reviews Peter Charles Hoffer. When Benjamin Franklin Met the Reverend Whitefield: Enlightenment, Revival, and the Power of the Printed Word (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011). Pp. 168. Illustrations, notes, index. Cloth, $55.00. When Benjamin Franklin Met the Reverend Whitefield is part of The Johns Hopkins University Press series "Witness to History," of which Peter Charles Hoffer is an editor. These books are short, secondary sourcebased volumes geared toward an undergraduate audience. In that genre, Hoffer's book works well. It is deeply attuned to the scholarly literature, not only on Franklin and Whitefield, but on the eighteenth-century Atlantic world generally. Hoffer is adept at packaging the current state of the historiography in ways that will remain interesting to students; for instance, in an evocative section on London as the key hub in the Anglo-American commercial empire, Hoffer tells us that "coffee, tea, sugar, chocolate, and other imported caffeinates and energy sources kept the middle classes at their desks longer. . . . Sugar made tea and coffee as popular as alcoholic beverages, and far more likely to keep one awake and busy than beer" (47). Such passages have abundant citations in endnotes, not just to books in
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