- 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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- #741 in Books > Society, Politics & Philosophy > Government & Politics > Political Science & Ideology > Liberalism
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Thomas Paine's Rights of Man (Books That Changed the World) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hitchens really understands why Paine is important. His prose can be a bit dense at times but this is one of his better works.Published 7 months ago by Den Tarthurdent
Will read over Christmas, but bok in great condition. Many thanks.Published 16 months ago by L. J. Dell
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