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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 23 February 2009
Hitchen's writes in his usual loquacious and elegant way on a topic he claims to be of his utmost interest. The book is an easy read, well structured but somehow lacking in the depth that we can observe in his other works. In his attempt to avoid a partisan or bias view point Hitchen's leaves his opinions behind and expresses very little of that verve we have grown use to. The book is too short.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2013
This is the first time I've read any of Hitchen's books but I'm already looking for more.
Radical, lucid in his arguments, pacy and succinct; what a writer!
Hitchens demonstrates the enormous debt owed to Tom Paine by America in particular - a debt still acknowledged in muted tones at best in that country.
This is an absolutely 'must read' book for anyone having even a remote interest in politics.
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Who better than the acerbic Christopher Hitchens to write this account? Memories of his heated debates, his frequently coming across as over-opinionated and arrogant, but often right, bring life to a subject in a way that few others could achieve. This short book has a formidable cast of characters, notably names such as Burke, Franklin, Jefferson, Lafayette, Napoleon, Robespierre, Washington, and Wordsworth. As a prime example, Paine’s position is made clearer by comparing it with Burke. An inspiring read.
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on 10 July 2015
Am halfway through - it gets better in the middle - at least for me. Raises some of the most relevant & serious issues concerning all societies - of humans. Need to finish it to give a thorough review. Ask me in a few weeks time, I need to re read it, its a dense and demanding subject, & has prompted me to read books by both Paine & Burke ....& Christopher.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2013
This small book offers great insight to the author of the Rights of Man and he cultural environment of the times
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2013
Christopher Hitchen as always informative and a joy to read. Have been inspired and am looking forward to reading "Rights of Man" by Thomas Paine.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 30 October 2012
A must read book, life is just too short to waste time on fiction! There is a wealth of historical fact within the pages of this book.
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5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 17 March 2009
A must for anyone interested in American History, written as only Mr Hitchens can, my only complaint is that it was far too short.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 March 2015
As described - excellent product and speedy delivery
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