Thomas Paine : His Life, His Time and the Birth of Modern Nations
Almost everything Thomas Paine tried his hand at in his youth, including marriage, ended in abject failure. But steeped in the thinking of the Enlightenment, he went to America and in no time wrote the book that established his reputation forever more: Common Sense. After leaving for Europe with a radical design in his pocket for an iron bridge that could be mass-produced, his anti-monarchist bestseller The Rights of Man provoked such a furore that he was forced to leave England on pain of death. And in France he found himself caught up in the reign of terror and only narrowly escaped execution.
- Hardback | 416 pages
- 162 x 240 x 38mm | 723g
- 18 Jan 2007
- Profile Books Ltd
- London, United Kingdom
About Craig Nelson
Craig Nelson became a full-time writer after a career as an editor with HarperCollins, US. He recently published The First Heroes, an account of the Doolittle raid on Tokyo in WW2, and an acerbic travel book, Let's Get Lost.
With a panache worthy of Paine himself, Nelson reinstates his subject as a progressive thinker and passionate activist as relevant to our times as to his own. -- Iain Finlayson * The Times * ...a vigorous biography of Thomas Paine that puts him in the context of his contrary times...Nelson's excellent book strikes a balance between sympathy and criticism. -- David Horspool * Daily Telegraph *