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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 Vance Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Books that Changed the World Series Release Date: September 2007 ISBN: 9781400173914
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • Brilliant portrait.... An attractive introduction to Paine's life and work as a whole.... Hitchens remains a great writer, and a thinker of depth, range and vigour. Prospect

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 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 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 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Huxnbec | 9/22/2013

    " love this author. a heady book but a good history lesson. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 11/4/2012

    " Easier reading than the original. Part of a series: Books That Changed The World. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 5/8/2012

    " A brilliant overview of Rights Of Man and the life of Tom Paine from a brilliant author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rhett Talley | 2/14/2012

    " Hitch gets a four but Paine gets a five! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 matt | 1/6/2012

    " Hitch at his best. In a perfect world, Christopher Hitchens will be permitted to narrative the entirety of human history...maybe in heaven? (which, naturally, doesn't exist) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Palo | 11/17/2011

    " Very Interesting and accessible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rob | 2/18/2011

    " Only 142 pages! This is a light, friendly material to those who don't know much of Paine and his legacy. Hitchens discards the polemics, but not his eloquence. A good grasp of the French and American revolutions is helpful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason | 12/24/2010

    " Packed full of great stories and concepts of Thomas Paine.
    I can see myself re-reading this book many times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 4/28/2010

    " Easier reading than the original. Part of a series: Books That Changed The World. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Todd | 4/11/2010

    " 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 1/13/2010

    " Hitch is the man whatever he does, but this one was lost on me. Brilliant to be sure but I think he saved the meaning for his own mind. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 1/12/2010

    " A wonderfully-informative book that is relatively short, all things considered. Word-efficient, Hitchens is a master of using the right words so he doesn't have to as many. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 matt | 12/10/2009

    "
    Hitch at his best. In a perfect world, Christopher Hitchens will be permitted to narrative the entirety of human history...maybe in heaven? (which, naturally, doesn't exist) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 12/5/2009

    " This is an excellent introduction to Paine, but should be read WITH his actual works as opposed to in lieu of them. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mark | 7/26/2009

    " I had a hard time staying awake and interested. It was boring and failed to captivate me in the least. The content contained many interesting details about Thomas Paine that I didn't know but the authors presentation was lacking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bill | 1/30/2009

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jarred | 1/12/2009

    " Beautifully written account and argument about some of the most important yet forgotten writings. Both Hitchens and Paine I will gladly adopt as Americans. "

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About the Author
Author Christopher HitchensChristopher Hitchens was born April 13, 1949, in England and graduated from Balliol College at Oxford University. The father of three children, he was the author of more than twenty books and pamphlets, including collections of essays, criticism, and reportage. His book God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything was a finalist for the 2007 National Book Award and an international bestseller. His bestselling memoir, Hitch-22, was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography. The New York Times named his bestselling omnibus Arguably one of the ten best books of the year. A visiting professor of liberal studies at the New School in New York City, he was also the I.F. Stone professor at the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He was a columnist, literary critic, and contributing editor at Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, Slate, The Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, New Statesman, World Affairs, and Free Inquiry, among other publications. Following his death, Yoko Ono awarded him the Lennon-Ono Grant for Peace.
About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with fifty-eight Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.