Thomas Paine's The Rights of Man

Thomas Paine's The Rights of Man

A Biography

Book - 2006
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Thomas Paine was one of the greatest advocates of freedom in history, and his Declaration of 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 French Revolution, Paine's text is a passionate defense of man's inalienable rights. Since its publication, Rights of Man has been celebrated, criticized, maligned, suppressed, and co-opted, but in Thomas Paine's Rights of Man, the polemicist and commentator Christopher Hitchens marvels at its forethought and revels in its contentiousness. Hitchens is a political descendant of the great pamphleteer, and in this engaging work he demonstrates how Thomas Paine's book forms the philosophical cornerstone of the United States of America, and how, "in a time when both rights and reason are under attack, the life and writing of Thomas Paine will always be part of the arsenal on which we shall need to depend."
Publisher: Vancouver, B.C. : Douglas & McIntyre, [2006]
Copyright Date: ©2006
ISBN: 9781553652472
Branch Call Number: 320.51 PAI HIT
Characteristics: 158 pages ;,21 cm.


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Jan 21, 2013

well, it inspired me to read "The Rights of Man". Hitchens, now deceased, had polemic opinions on just about everything.

Aug 20, 2012

I listened to Thomas Paine's Rights of Man and wanted to know more about the man and the book. Christopher Hitchens does this. The book is to the point and very insightful.

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