Thomas Paine by Craig Nelson
Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Birth of Modern Nations

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A fresh new look at the Enlightenment intellectual who became the most controversial of America's founding fathers

Despite his being a founder of both the United States and the French Republic, the creator of the phrase "United States of America," and the author of Common Sense, Thomas Paine is the least well known of America's founding fathers. This edifying biography by Craig Nelson traces Paine's path from his years as a London mechanic, through his emergence as the voice of revolutionary fervor on two continents, to his final days in the throes of dementia. By acquainting us as never before with this complex and combative genius, Nelson rescues a giant from obscurity-and gives us a fascinating work of history.


About Craig Nelson

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Craig Nelson has been a vice president and executive editor of Harper & Row, Hyperion, Random House, and Villard, and a literary agent. He is the author of several books, including Thomas Paine, winner of the 2007 Henry Adams Prize. He has been profiled in Variety, Interview, Publishers Weekly, and Time Out.
Published September 4, 2007 by Penguin Books. 432 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, War. Non-fiction

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Enlightenment thinker Thomas Paine would be pleased with this brisk, intellectually sophisticated study of his life. Nelson (The First Heroes ) breezes through Pa

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Nelson (The First Heroes ) breezes through Paine's first 37 years, his attention tuned to 1774, when Paine moved from England to Philadelphia, bearing glowing letters of introduction from Benjamin Franklin.

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Thomas Paine selected works: The Rights of Man, Common Sense and Other Political Writings Or this one, appropriately edited and foreworded by Tony Benn: The Rights of Man and Common Sense You can read more book reviews and buy Thomas Paine: His Life, His Time and the Birth of the Modern Nati...

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