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Thomas Paine : enlightenment, revolution, and the birth of modern nations

Author: Craig Nelson
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Despite 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 three of the biggest bestsellers of the eighteenth century, Thomas Paine is perhaps the least well known--and the most controversial--of the American founding fathers. Author Nelson's portrait brings him to life against the backdrop of the Revolutionary era and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
Named Person: Thomas Paine; Thomas Paine; Thomas Paine
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Craig Nelson
ISBN: 0143112384 9780143112389 0670037885 9780670037889
OCLC Number: 153576175
Notes: "First published in the United States of America by Viking Penguin ... 2006"--Title page verso.
Description: 396 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: The mission of atonement --
Begotten by a wild boar on a bitch wolf --
Pragmatic utopians --
Hell is not easily conquered --
The Silas Deane affair --
The missionary bereft of his mission --
Droits de l'homme, ou droits du seigneur? --
The sovereigns among us --
The religion of science --
The perfidious Mr. Morris --
Utopian dissolves --
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Responsibility: Craig Nelson.

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Despite 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 three of the biggest bestsellers of the eighteenth century, Thomas Paine is perhaps the least well known--and the most controversial--of the American founding fathers. Author Nelson's portrait brings him to life against the backdrop of the Revolutionary era and the intellectual exhilaration of the Age of Enlightenment. Nelson traces Paine's path from his years as a struggling London mechanic to his journey to seek his fortune in the New World; from his early career as a crusading pamphleteer to his emergence as the heroic voice of revolutionary fervor on two continents; from his escape from execution in Paris during The Terror to his final years in America, where the once-lionized patriot spent his final days impoverished and in dementia.--From publisher description.

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