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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (374 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Craig Nelson Narrator: Paul Hecht Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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John Adams told Thomas Jefferson that history is to ascribe the American Revolution to Thomas Paine. Thomas Edison called him the equal of Washington in making American liberty possible. He was a founder of both the United States and the French Revolution. He invented the phrase, The United States of America. He rose from abject poverty in working-class England to the highest levels of the era's intellectual elite. And yet, by the end of his life, Thomas Paine was almost universally reviled. He had run afoul of Washington, broke with Robespierre and narrowly escaped the guillotine, and was all but exiled from his native England.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nmirz | 2/1/2014

    " ...it's an amazing book.love it very much "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Deborah | 1/24/2014

    " Obviously Mr Nelson is a great admirer or Mr Paine. Most of us know that Thomas Paine appeared during the revolutionary war, wrote Common Sense, and then seemed to disappear from our history books. This book does fill in the gaps in Paine's life. However, Nelson does spend a great deal of time on the history of the French Revolution. It seems that Nelson ran out of material and stretched the book by adding this history. At time, the book loses focus from Paine to other subjects. The book seems to be much longer than necessary. All in all a thorough book but not the best of biographies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Edward Sullivan | 1/23/2014

    " This is an outstandingl portrait fascinating, wonderfully complex genius. I have read Common Sense and some of American Crisis. This book makes me want to read them again and the rest oif Paine's work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Adam | 1/19/2014

    " An interesting account of an interesting man, often overlooked in the history books. Nelson does an admirable job describing Paine's role in the American and French Revolutions. A surprisingly quick read. "

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