Tom Paine

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Tom Paine

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1sgtbigg
oct. 8, 2009, 1:09 pm

Can anyone recommend a good biography of Thomas Paine? Thanks.

2OldSarge
oct. 9, 2009, 1:26 pm

Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Birth of Modern Nations

Thomas Paine: Apostle of Freedom

Life and Major Writings of Thomas Paine by Philip S. Foner

Bad touchstone on the last, sorry.

3TForester
oct. 16, 2009, 11:58 am

David Freeman Hawke's Paine is pretty good.

4sgtbigg
oct. 16, 2009, 5:12 pm

Thanks to you both. The library surprisingly has all three of your recommendations Sarge so I'll probably give one of them a go.

5OldSarge
oct. 22, 2009, 12:57 pm

Happy to be of assistance.

6michaelhattem
oct. 24, 2009, 11:28 pm

I would highly recommend Eric Foner's "Tom Paine and Revolutionary America" or "Thomas Paine and the Promise of America" by Harvey J. Kaye. Foner's is a classic and Kaye's is a more contemporary treatment.

7TForester
oct. 28, 2009, 12:09 am

I second Michael's Foner, nice call.

8DeusExLibrus
maig 8, 2011, 1:20 am

While not a biography, the Library of America does publish a nice volume of his collected writings.

9TLCrawford
maig 8, 2011, 1:46 pm

Paine is a childhood hero of Harvey J. Kaye's, he mentions Paine in many of his essays. I think his book would be interesting.

10AsYouKnow_Bob
Editat: maig 8, 2011, 2:23 pm

Hitchens' Thomas Paine's Rights of Man is a good short account.

Hitchens' NPR interview

11lawecon
juny 4, 2011, 11:13 am

While I think that Old Sarge's list contains more than what you'd ever want, I would also add the fictionalized biography by Howard Fast entitled Citizen Tom Paine