Tom Paine A Political Life

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  • Copyright: 2003-01-21
  • Publisher: Grove Press
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"More than any other public figure of the eighteenth century, Tom Paine strikes our times like a trumpet blast from a distant world." So begins John Keane's magnificent and award-winning (the Fraunces Tavern Book Award) biography of one of democracy's greatest champions. Among friends and enemies alike, Paine earned a reputation as a notorious pamphleteer, one of the greatest political figures of his day, and the author of three best-selling books, Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason. Setting his compelling narrative against a vivid social backdrop of prerevolutionary America and the French Revolution, John Keane melds together the public and the shadowy private sides of Paine's life in a remarkable piece of scholarship. This is the definitive biography of a man whose life and work profoundly shaped the modern age. "Provide[s] an engaging perspective on England, America, and France in the tumultuous years of the late eighteenth century." -- Pauline Maier, The New York Times Book Review "It is hard to imagine this magnificent biography ever being superceded.... It is a stylish, splendidly erudite work." -- Terry Eagleton, The Guardian

Author Biography

John Keane is a professor of politics at the University of Westminster and the director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy

Table of Contents

Prologue: A Citizen Extraordinaryp. ix
England, 1737-1774
Thetford Daysp. 3
The Ruined Citizenp. 36
America, 1774-1787
The Empire and the Orphanp. 83
The Birth of Americap. 108
Warp. 138
Public Insultsp. 181
The Federalistp. 208
The Woes of Peacep. 241
France and England, 1787-1802
Rights of Manp. 267
Executing a Kingp. 345
Prison to Dictatorshipp. 382
America, 1802-1809
Growing Old in Americap. 455
Notesp. 537
Indexp. 619
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