Thomas Paine

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University of Chicago Press, Aug 3, 1990 - History - 195 pages
"A lively discussion of the life and writings of one of the premier revolutionaries of the eighteenth century. [Ayer's] chapters alternate between the externals of Paine's life and career in England, America, and France and analyses of Common Sense, The Rights of Man, The Age of Reason, other significant but less well known writings, and Paine's anticipations of the welfare state."—History: Reviews of New Books

"[An] exciting book about Paine's life and principles."—Christopher Hitchens, Newsday
 

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Ayer combines a highly readable account of Paine's life, travels, and travails with a critical examination of his political and religious thought. Tracing Paine's life from his birth in England to his ... Read full review

Contents

The Years of Obscurity
1
The Precursors
14
Common Sense and Its Effects
35
The Onslaught of Burke
56
Rights of Man Part One
72
Rights of Man Part Two
91
Citizen Paine
114
The Age of Reason
140
The Last Years
159
Epilogue
181
Index
189
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