Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine : Firebrand of the Revolution

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Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was one of the most fascinating figures of the late 18th century. His public antagonist and personal friend John Adams believed that their times would come to be known as the "Age of Paine." He came to America in middle age and became a radical-democratic pamphleteer, effectively turning colonial rebellion into a national liberation movement. He later returned to Europe where he played a prominent role in both the French Revolution and the cause of English radicalism. Paine is best remembered for his books: the controversial The Rights of Man and his book on the American Revolution, Common Sense. Harvey J. Kaye, well-known for his studies on Paine and his period, traces the English revolutionary's life and details his political writings in accessible, highly readable narrative that also covers important events of early American history. Oxford Portraits is a new series of biographies for young adults. Written by prominent writers and historians, each of these titles is designed to supplement the core texts of the middle and high school curriculum with intriguing, thoroughly informative and insightful accounts of the lives and work of the notable men and women who helped shape history. Each book is illustrated with numerous graphics, photographs, and documents. A unique feature is the inclusion of sidebars containing primary source material, mostly excerpts from the subject's writings. A chronology, further reading list, and index rounds out every more

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  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 157 pages
  • 172.7 x 243.3 x 15.7mm | 467.21g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • illustrations, map
  • 0195116275
  • 9780195116274

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"Kaye skillfully weaves together the story of the man and the important historical events that occurred during his lifetime. The writing is lively and unbiased.... A solid addition to biography collections."--School Library Journal"Attentive readers will come away with a grasp of Paine's background, career, beliefs, and accomplishments, as well as a sense of the social upheavals during his time in America, England, and France.... A solid, readable choice for biography collections."--Booklist"This is a great introduction to Thomas Paine for both young adults and adults. It is the first work on Paine in decades, which is very accurate as to the facts of his life and the crucial role he played in founding this country and in the democratic revolutions all over the world. That makes this an important work. I welcome its publication."--Gary Berton, President, Thomas Paine National Historical Association"Kaye capably interweaves life in the 18th century with biographical material ... descriptive and comprehensive ... Recommended."--Book Reportshow more

About Harvey J. Kaye

Harvey J. Kaye is the Ben and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. An award-winning author, Kaye has published fifteen books on history, politics, and ideas, contributed articles and essays to a diverse array of publications, including the Washington Post, the Daily Beast,, and Huffington Post, and appeared as a guest on numerous television and radio programs, including "Bill Moyers Journal," BookTV's "After Words," "Here and Now," and "The Thom Hartmann Show." Born in New Jersey, Kaye received his B.A. at Rutgers (1971), his M.A. at the University of London (1973), and his Ph.D. at Louisiana State University (1976). He is a member of the National Writers Union, AFT, and PEN, and an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer (2007-2013). Kaye lives with his wife Lorna in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where they raised two daughters and root for the Packers. His new book - The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great - will be published by Simon & Schuster in more

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