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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (774 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Hitchens Narrator: Simon Vanc Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Books that Changed the World Series Release Date:
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Thomas Paine is one of the greatest political propagandists in history. The Rights of Man, first published in 1791, is the key to his reputation. Inspired by his outrage at Edmund Burke’s attack on the uprising of the French people, Paine’s text is a passionate defense of the rights of man. Paine argued against monarchy and outlined the elements of a successful republic, including public education, pensions, and relief of the poor and unemployed, all financed by income tax.

Since its publication, The Rights of Man has been celebrated, criticized, maligned, and suppressed. But here, commentator Christopher Hitchens, Paine’s natural heir, marvels at its forethought and revels in its contentiousness. Above all, he shows how Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man forms the philosophical cornerstone of the world’s most powerful republic: the United States of America.

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  • “Hitchens writes in characteristically energetic prose, and his aversion to religion is in evidence, too. Young Paine found his mother’s Anglican orthodoxy noxious, Hitchens notes: freethinking has good reason to be grateful to Mrs Paine.”

    Publishers Weekly

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lauren | 1/19/2014

    " Fascinating account of a misunderstood figure integral to our history. And Hitch is erudite as always. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Todd Martin | 1/16/2014

    " A decent analysis of Thomas Paine and his enduring legacy. It helps to have some historical knowledge since Hitchens doesn't spend much time putting things into context. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Upom | 11/28/2013

    " A good introduction, biography, and commentary on the works of Thomas Paine. The only annoying thing was Hitchen's intermitten bashing of religion, which took a little away from an otherwise interesting book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bill Gunn | 10/19/2013

    " After reading this book, I care less than before reading it about Hitchen's thoughts about anything. Pompous, bombastic, self-absorbed and clueless. "

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