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Written in the late 18th century as a reply to Edmund Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France, Thomas Paine's Rights of Man is unquestionably one of the great classics on the subject of democracy. A vindication of the French Revolution and a critique of the British system of government, it defended the dignity of the common man in all countries against those who would discard him as one of the swinish multitude.

Paine created a language of modern politics that brought important issues to the working classes. Employing direct, vehement prose, Paine defends popular rights, national independence, revolutionary war, and economic growth - all of which were considered, at the time, to be dangerous and even seditious issues. His vast influence is due in large measure to his eloquent literary style, noted for its poignant metaphors, vigor, and rational directness.

Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was a pamphleteer, revolutionary, radical, liberal, intellectual, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Born in Great Britain, he emigrated to America at the suggestion of Benjamin Franklin just in time to promote the American Revolution with his pamphlet Common Sense. Later, he was a great influence on the French Revolution. He wrote The Rights of Man as a guide to the ideas of the Enlightenment.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Gary Lewis | 2/17/2014

    " A book still relevant for those with a passion for the politics of change in their immediate society. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Nick | 2/6/2014

    " It is interesting to read Paine's thoughts on government and the rights of the people and then compare what he wrote with the political life of the USA today. I think the poor man must be turning in his grave. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ronald Wise | 12/29/2013

    " One of Paine's most famous publications, which got him tried in absentia in England and sentenced to death. There are some strange aspects to this book: While presenting some very convincing arguments for representative, constitution-based democracy over hereditary monarchies, much of the text is a direct attack on Edmund Burke's prior condemnation of the French Revolution. The last part of the book is strange in that it uses actual tax revenue figures in Great Britain to argue against aristcracy, and to propose then-radical means of helping the poorer classes. Eric Froner's introduction was a much appreciated summary of Paine's life and times. I finished the book in the wee hours just as the news coverage started of millions gathering in Washington, D.C., for the inaguration of Barack Obama. I believe Obama may have actually made a reference to Paine in his inagural address. This book came to my list from the Seattle Public Library's reading list "Banned Books: 585 B.C. to 2003 A.D.". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Joe | 12/25/2013

    " I would suggest this only if you are a hardcore history or government buff. It was quite a chore to force myself through this one. "

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