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Tom Paine: The Life of a Revolutionary Hardcover – 30 Jun 2006

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  • Hardcover: 122 pages
  • Publisher: Haus Publishing; Re-issue edition (30 Jun. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1904950248
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904950240
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,760,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘There is something clean, sober and useful in arranging the chronological facts of a life, as they may be ascertained, and eschewing amateur psychoanalysis and other such sordid speculation.’ (Steven Poole The Guardian)

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Thomas Paine (1737-1809) thrust himself into world history, on the eve of his 39th birthday in January 1776, rousing the North American colonies to break with Britain. His hope was of an independent republic that would act as a democratic beacon to old Europe. Paine's stirring language, in a series of 16 pamphlets entitled "The Crisis", got him appointed secretary of the Congressional committee on foreign affairs, but also got him indicted for treason back in England in 1787. Paine escaped to Paris, where he was made an honorary French citizen. He was elected to the Revolutionary Convention in September, 1792, but when the Revolutionary moderates fell out of favour and the Terror ensued, Paine was imprisoned. After Robespierre's fall, he was released at the request of one of the American founding fathers James Madison, then minister to France, who claimed Paine as an American citizen.

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