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  1. homas Paine : Collected Writings - Eric Foner, Editor
  2. Age of Reason - Paine
  3. Common Sense, the Rights of Man - Paine
  4. Common Sense - Paine
  5. The Thomas Paine Reader - Thomas Paine, Michael Foot, Isaac Kramnick
  6. Rights of Man and Common Sense - Paine
  7. Two Classics of the French Revolution - Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine
  8. Tom Paine - John Keane
  9. Life of Thomas Paine - Moncure D Conway
  10. Thomas Paine: Author of the Declaration of independence - Joseph Lewis
  11. Thomas Paine : Collected Writings :Common Sense / The Crisis / Rights of Man / The Age of Reason / Pamphlets, Articles, and Letters - Paine, Editor: Foner

Thomas Paine : Collected Writings :
Common Sense / The Crisis / Rights of Man / The Age of Reason / Pamphlets, Articles, and Letters
(Library of America) (Hardcover)
by Thomas Paine,
Eric Foner (Editor)

From Library Journal
Paine is one of those who proved the pen is mightier than the sword. Included here are several of the writings that forged the spirit of our nation, including Common Sense, The Crisis, The Rights of Man, The Age of Reason, and Other Pamphlets, Articles, and Letters. Note that two new Paine biographies have been recently published (LJ 11/15/94 and LJ 1/95). Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc

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Age of Reason
by Thomas Paine
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Thomas Paine was a brilliant man who played a vital role in the American Revolution of 1776. This was the last book he wrote, which centers almost entirely around Christianity. To Paine, it made sense to question everything in order to make valid answers possible. He puts forth many questions in this book regarding Christianity, confronting many beliefs with pure and rational reason.--This text refers to the Paperback edition

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Thomas Paine who was a dynamic philosophical presence in the American Revolution of 1776 wrote his last book in 1795 on an investigation and commentary of organized religion with a focus on Christianity. Paine said that his "religious duties" included doing justice, loving benevolence, and attempting to make others happy. He called himself a deist which is a person who believes in the existence of a God based on the evidence of reason and nature but not on supernatural revelation. In this book he outlines deism as a rational religious belief and offers an analysis of the Bible based on textual content.

He makes comparisons of the internal arguments of the Old and New Testaments by explaining, for example, inconsistencies of the biographic accounts in the four gospels. Paine suggests that since they were written separate of each other their basis is no better than hearsay. Because the United States convicted Paine of seditious libel in 1792, he escaped to France where he was selected to be a member of its National Convention. But there he conflicted with Robespierre, and while awaiting his arrest he wrote the first part of "The Age of Reason." Afterwards he was confined in Luxembourg and wrote the second half of the book.

The work was published in 1795 and serves as a criticism of established religion from the point of view of the 18th century deists. Paine's clear and concise understanding of the development of the Christian religion from its pagan origins is especially significant when the reader examines the interconnecting references and implications of superstition and fallacy that are still involved in any ceremonial aspect. And, finally, Thomas Paine explains the answer to any confrontation best of all: "The most formidable weapon against errors of every kind is Reason."— This text refers to the Digital edition.


Common Sense, the Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings (Signet Classics (Paperback))
by Thomas Paine, Jack Fruchtman, Sidney Hook
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Common Sense (Dover Thrift Editions)
by Thomas Paine
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"These are the times that try men's souls," begins Thomas Paine's first Crisis paper, the impassioned pamphlet that helped ignite the American Revolution. Published in Philadelphia in January of 1776, Common Sense sold 150,000 copies almost immediately. A powerful piece of propaganda, it attacked the idea of a hereditary monarchy, dismissed the chance for reconciliation with England, and outlined the economic benefits of independence while espousing equality of rights among citizens. Paine fanned a flame that was already burning, but many historians argue that his work unified dissenting voices and persuaded patriots that the American Revolution was not only necessary, but an epochal step in world history.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Thomas Paine alienated his British countrymen by championing the American and French Revolutions. In fact, he ended up alienating the Americans and French, too--but not before publishing passionate and influential writings that still stir hearts and minds. His pamphlet COMMON SENSE (1776) provided a concise, plain-language rationale for America's break with the mother country. It still makes valuable reading. Narrator George Vafiadis captures the essay's passion and sincerity, but skimps on the meaning. He has so wrapped himself up in an orator's mannerisms that he leaves little room for the sense of COMMON SENSE, aside from marking the punctuation. Y.R. © AudioFile 2003, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.


The Thomas Paine Reader (Penguin Classics)
by Thomas Paine, Michael Foot, Isaac Kramnick
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Rights of Man and Common Sense (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
by Thomas Paine
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"⟨Thomas Paine⟩ accepted ⟨no⟩ definitions or frontiers, claiming to be the first of a new breed necessary to save mankind and womankind: a citizen of the world… Well beyond his own lifetime it was the power of his pen that restored his vision of the world as it might be… America made Thomas Paine—and he helped to make America." —from the Introduction by Michael Foot

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The authorities in power in England during Thomas Paine's lifetime saw him as an agent provocateur who used his seditious eloquence to support the emancipation of slaves and women, the demands of working people, and the rebels of the French and American Revolutions. History, on the other hand, has come to regard him as the figure who gave political cogency to the liberating ideas of the Enlightenment. His great pamphlets, Rights of Man and Common Sense, are now recognized for what they are—classic arguments in defense of the individual's right to assert his or her freedom in the face of tyranny.


Two Classics of the French Revolution
by Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine
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With this year marking the bicentennial of the storming of the Bastille, anything about the French Revolution will draw interest. This reissue contains two of the finest essays ever written on the subject.


Thomas Paine: Author of the Declaration of independence (Hardcover)
by Joseph Lewis

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Tom Paine
by John Keane
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First Sentence: FRom the hour of his birth, Tom Paine felt the deathly hand of the English state…

From Publishers Weekly
English-born radical journalist Thomas Paine, who in 1774 immigrated to America, where his pamphlets helped spark the Revolution, was a world citizen who preached the abolition of despotic regimes. A staunch opponent of slavery, Paine (1737-1809) also spoke of Native Americans as his "brothers." This flesh-and-blood portrait charts a life pulsating with drama, surprises and narrow escapes, while also situating Paine's intellectual development in the context of his time. Keane, a professor of politics in London, gives us a generous, farsighted foe of hypocrisy and injustice who could also be conceited and dogmatic. In Paris, serving as a member of the National Convention, Paine was imprisoned (1793-94) and nearly guillotined during the French Revolution's Reign of Terror. Upon his inglorious return to the U.S. in 1802, he was vilified as an atheist and monster. Paine slipped into depression, poverty and obscurity, but this gripping biography restores his luster and contemporary relevance. Photos not seen by PW.
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From Library Journal
We are doubly blessed. On the heels of Jack Fruchtman Jr.'s solid Thomas Paine: Apostle of Freedom (LJ 11/15/94) comes this richly detailed, more disciplined labor of scholarship and love, an exemplar of the rewards of a gargantuan effort at historical research. As Keane corrects all prior Paine biographers, Keane's bibliographic notes prove how thoroughly he has scoured every scrap of Paine scholarship from the beginning to now. It all enriches the already overloaded life of democracy's greatest propagandist with intriguing contextual detail that ranges from the simple conditions of life to data on the readership of Paine's writings. Keane warns against biographies that "tell us more about the biographer," but his "techniques of modest writing" commit few such excesses and make for entertaining edification. In short, buy it; it's definitive. John Berry, "Library Journal"
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Life of Thomas Paine (Hardcover)
by Moncure D. Conway

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Thomas Paine,: Author of the Declaration of independence (Hardcover)
by Joseph Lewis

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Thomas Paine : Collected Writings : Common Sense / The Crisis / Rights of Man / The Age of Reason / Pamphlets, Articles, and Letters (Library of America) (Hardcover)
by Thomas Paine, Eric Foner (Editor)
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From Library Journal
Paine is one of those who proved the pen is mightier than the sword. Included here are several of the writings that forged the spirit of our nation, including Common Sense, The Crisis, The Rights of Man, The Age of Reason, and Other Pamphlets, Articles, and Letters. Note that two new Paine biographies have been recently published (LJ 11/15/94 and LJ 1/95).
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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All the germinal works of the forgotten founding Father.

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