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Thomas Paine's Rights of Man (Books That Changed the World) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc; Unabridged edition (1 Sept. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400103916
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400103911
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 13.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
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"Hitchens is at his characteristically incisive best in writing of that champion of the oppressed, coadjutor of two revolutions, and eloquent proponent of the rights of man, Thomas Paine."

"A better case can be made for the claim that Thomas Paine's Rights of Man actually affected history than for other books so far published in the series, and Christopher Hitchens makes it with characteristic verve and style. An engaging account of Paine's life and times [that is] well worth reading" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011) was a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and Visiting Professor in liberal studies at the New School in New York. He was the author of numerous books, including works on Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, George Orwell, Mother Theresa, Henry Kissinger and Bill and Hillary Clinton, as well as the international bestseller and National Book Award nominee, god Is Not Great. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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Everyone who loves freedom will adore this book.

Buy it. You don't need to read further. Buy it, you'll love it. But, if you're a masochist willing to submit yourself to my views, read on. Then buy it.

This is Hitchens at his best; a chronic kicker who thinks he's clever and would dearly love to be the Tom Paine of today. He's writing about a genuine soulmate; both men are champions of the chaos of change and the beauty of unrestrained libertarianism. Hitchens understands Paine, because he's a carbon copy of his hero -- tenth carbon, perhaps, but nonetheless a genuine copycat. This is Hitchens at his best.

It's delightful because it makes you think. It doesn't matter if Hitchens is right or wrong. What matters is that every reader will finish this book with a greater and profound understanding of the freedom that was bursting out in the 1750-1848 era. It's my view that revolution is 90 percent fluff and fury; Paine was the 'Dallas cheerleader' in charge of fluff for the American Revolution, with the added bonus of a doctoral dissertation on freedom in 'Common Sense'.

Hitchens astutely quotes Madame Roland who described Paine as ". . . better at lighting the way for revolution than drafting a constitution . . . or the day-to-day work of a legislator". True enough. But, take away Paine, and the Revolution would have lost its most enthusiastic and articulate voice. The eventual US government was invented by Washington, Jefferson, Adams, Franklin, Madison and the like; but, without Paine they might never have had the opportunity to invent a new government.

Paine and Hitchens can be grievously wrong, such as attacking hereditary institutions.
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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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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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Hitchens is probably best known as the enemy of Kissinger, Clinton and God. this strap-line rather undersells his ability as a highly readable historical analyst. Regret his passing; celebrate his great body of writing, lecturing and documentary work. For newcomers to his oeuvre, this is as good a place to start as any.
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Typical Hitch, plenty of assuming the reader has solid knowledge of peripheral matters, eg the French revolution, Jacobins etc. That of course is part of the appeal in a way, you go along for the ride..you have to try and keep up.
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Hitchens turns a great phrase. He throws himself into his subject and you get the impression that that could be anything. Whatever's on his mind will find it's way into Vanity Fair one day, into Newsweek the next, and nearly everything he says will be broadcast on YouTube within a day or two. He is a fascinating writer and polemicist and - you sense even more so than Jefferson or even Orwell - Thomas Paine appears to be his great inspiration. An Englishman crosses the pond in search of revolution and enlightenment. Makes friends, makes enemies. Witnesses great things. Writes about them. Always takes a side. But in light of Hitchens' changes of opinion - or at least perspective - over the last decade or so, you sense he longs for the days of Paine, when a man could change his mind and so change his side. The wonderful illustration of Paine's relationship with Burke gives the reader a sense not only of the development of western ideologies in the early modern era, but of what it's like to be Christopher Htchens. When friends become enemies this is what it's like - and your enemies define you as much as your friends. Hitchens is not a post-structuralist. He does not believe authors to be dead. For him, Thomas Paine is alive and so this biography breathes and pulses throughout its 140-or-so pages. Definately worth a shot!
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