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Thomas Paine's Rights of Man: A Biography (Books That Changed the World)

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Thomas Paines "Rights of Man" has been celebrated, criticized, maligned, suppressed, and co-opted, but Hitchens marvels at its forethought and revels in its contentiousness. In this book, he demonstrates how Paines book forms the philosophical cornerstone of the U.S.

Review:

"'Thomas Paine's critique of monarchy and introduction of the concept of human rights influenced both the French and the American revolutions, argues Vanity Fair contributor and bestselling author Hitchens (God Is Not Great) in this incisive addition to the Books That Changed the World series. Paine's ideas even influenced later independence movements among the Irish, Scots and Welsh. In this lucid assessment, Hitchens notes that in addition to Common Sense's influence on Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence, Paine wrote in unadorned prose that ordinary people could understand. Hitchens reads Paine's rejection of the ministrations of clergy in his dying moments as an instance of his unyielding commitment to the cause of rights and reason. But Hitchens also takes Paine to task for appealing to an idealized state of nature, a rhetorical move that, Hitchens charges, posits either 'a mythical past or an unattainable future' and, Hitchens avers, 'disordered the radical tradition thereafter.' Hitchens writes in characteristically energetic prose, and his aversion to religion is in evidence, too. Young Paine found his mother's Anglican orthodoxy noxious, Hitchens notes: 'Freethinking has good reason to be grateful to Mrs Paine.' (Sept.)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Book News Annotation:

Hitchens (contributing editor, Vanity Fair) presents an intellectual biography of Thomas Paine's Rights of Man. He places the work within the context of the revolutionary pamphleteer's life and other writings, the writings to which the Rights of Man was fashioned in response (in particular Edmund Burke's attacks on the French Revolution), and discusses its intellectual and political reception. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Thomas Paine was one of the greatest advocates of freedom in history, and his Declaration of the Rights of Man, first published in 1791, is the key to his reputation. Inspired by his outrage at Edmund Burkes attack on the French Revolution, Paines text is a passionate defense of mans inalienable rights. Since its publication, Rights of Man has been celebrated, criticized, maligned, suppressed, and co-opted. But in Thomas Paines Rights of Man, the polemicist and commentator Christopher Hitchens, “at his characteristically incisive best,” marvels at its forethought and revels in its contentiousness (The Times, London). Hitchens is a political descendant of the great pamphleteer, “a Tom Paine for our troubled times.” (The Independent, London) In this “engaging account of Paines life and times [that is] well worth reading” he demonstrates how Paines book forms the philosophical cornerstone of the United States, and how, “in a time when both rights and reason are under attack,” Thomas Paines life and writing “will always be part of the arsenal on which we shall need to depend.” (New Statesman)

Synopsis:

Thomas Paine was one of the greatest advocates of freedom in history, and his Declaration of the Rights of Man, first published in 1791, is the key to his reputation. Inspired by his outrage at Edmund Burkes attack on the French Revolution, Paines text is a passionate defense of mans inalienable rights. Since its publication, Rights of Man has been celebrated, criticized, maligned, suppressed, and co-opted. But in Thomas Paines Rights of Man, the polemicist and commentator Christopher Hitchens, “at his characteristically incisive best,” marvels at its forethought and revels in its contentiousness (The Times, London). Hitchens is a political descendant of the great pamphleteer, “a Tom Paine for our troubled times.” (The Independent, London) In this “engaging account of Paines life and times [that is] well worth reading” he demonstrates how Paines book forms the philosophical cornerstone of the United States, and how, “in a time when both rights and reason are under attack,” Thomas Paines life and writing “will always be part of the arsenal on which we shall need to depend.” (New Statesman)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780871139559
Subtitle:
A Biography
Author:
Hitchens, Christopher
Author:
Hitchens, Christopher
Publisher:
Atlantic Monthly Press
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Paine, Thomas
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Series:
Books That Changed the World
Publication Date:
20070723
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
7.75 x 5 in 9.5 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'Thomas Paine's critique of monarchy and introduction of the concept of human rights influenced both the French and the American revolutions, argues Vanity Fair contributor and bestselling author Hitchens (God Is Not Great) in this incisive addition to the Books That Changed the World series. Paine's ideas even influenced later independence movements among the Irish, Scots and Welsh. In this lucid assessment, Hitchens notes that in addition to Common Sense's influence on Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence, Paine wrote in unadorned prose that ordinary people could understand. Hitchens reads Paine's rejection of the ministrations of clergy in his dying moments as an instance of his unyielding commitment to the cause of rights and reason. But Hitchens also takes Paine to task for appealing to an idealized state of nature, a rhetorical move that, Hitchens charges, posits either 'a mythical past or an unattainable future' and, Hitchens avers, 'disordered the radical tradition thereafter.' Hitchens writes in characteristically energetic prose, and his aversion to religion is in evidence, too. Young Paine found his mother's Anglican orthodoxy noxious, Hitchens notes: 'Freethinking has good reason to be grateful to Mrs Paine.' (Sept.)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
Thomas Paine was one of the greatest advocates of freedom in history, and his Declaration of the Rights of Man, first published in 1791, is the key to his reputation. Inspired by his outrage at Edmund Burkes attack on the French Revolution, Paines text is a passionate defense of mans inalienable rights. Since its publication, Rights of Man has been celebrated, criticized, maligned, suppressed, and co-opted. But in Thomas Paines Rights of Man, the polemicist and commentator Christopher Hitchens, “at his characteristically incisive best,” marvels at its forethought and revels in its contentiousness (The Times, London). Hitchens is a political descendant of the great pamphleteer, “a Tom Paine for our troubled times.” (The Independent, London) In this “engaging account of Paines life and times [that is] well worth reading” he demonstrates how Paines book forms the philosophical cornerstone of the United States, and how, “in a time when both rights and reason are under attack,” Thomas Paines life and writing “will always be part of the arsenal on which we shall need to depend.” (New Statesman)
"Synopsis" by ,
Thomas Paine was one of the greatest advocates of freedom in history, and his Declaration of the Rights of Man, first published in 1791, is the key to his reputation. Inspired by his outrage at Edmund Burkes attack on the French Revolution, Paines text is a passionate defense of mans inalienable rights. Since its publication, Rights of Man has been celebrated, criticized, maligned, suppressed, and co-opted. But in Thomas Paines Rights of Man, the polemicist and commentator Christopher Hitchens, “at his characteristically incisive best,” marvels at its forethought and revels in its contentiousness (The Times, London). Hitchens is a political descendant of the great pamphleteer, “a Tom Paine for our troubled times.” (The Independent, London) In this “engaging account of Paines life and times [that is] well worth reading” he demonstrates how Paines book forms the philosophical cornerstone of the United States, and how, “in a time when both rights and reason are under attack,” Thomas Paines life and writing “will always be part of the arsenal on which we shall need to depend.” (New Statesman)
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