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Thomas Paine was a prominent figure of Revolutionary America. This book sums up the, life of one of the most quirky radicals of his time. Thomas Paine had a huge impact of early America, having written paper like Common Sense or The Crisis. After the war, he moved to France where he wrote papers like The Rights of Man, that stimulated the French Revolution, and The Age of Reason, his attack on the religion of his time. After The Age of Reason, Paine was hated. In old age he grew bitter and died ...more
I wouldn't call this a page turner. I found it interesting to read about Tom Paine's life from growing up in Britain, to his time in America, to his work in France (where ended up in jail). There is also a good deal about what Philadelphia was like in the revolutionary period. The problem is that the book is quite dry and it was some of a burden getting through it.
Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University, where he earned his B.A. and Ph.D. In his teaching and scholarship, Foner focuses on the Civil War and Reconstruction, slavery, and nineteenth-century America. His Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863–1877, won the Bancroft, Parkman, and Los Angeles Times Book prizes and remains the standard history of the p ...moreMore about Eric Foner...