Tom Paine

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Tom Paine

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Out 8, 2009, 1:09pm

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

Out 9, 2009, 1:26pm

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.

Out 16, 2009, 11:58am

David Freeman Hawke's Paine is pretty good.

Out 16, 2009, 5:12pm

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

Out 22, 2009, 12:57pm

Happy to be of assistance.

Out 24, 2009, 11:28pm

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.

Out 28, 2009, 12:09am

I second Michael's Foner, nice call.

Maio 8, 2011, 1:20am

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

Maio 8, 2011, 1:46pm

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.

Editado: Maio 8, 2011, 2:23pm

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

Hitchens' NPR interview

Jun 4, 2011, 11:13am

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