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

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“Despite his being a founder of both the United States and the French Republic, the creator of the phrase “United States of America,” and the author of Common Sense, Thomas Paine is the least well known of America’s founding fathers. This edifying biography by Craig Nelson traces Paine’s path from his years as a London mechanic, through his emergence as the voice of revolutionary fervor on two continents, to his final days in the throes of dementia. By acquainting us as never before with this complex and combative genius, Nelson rescues a giant from obscurity-and gives us a fascinating work of history.”

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Publication Information

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  • Creator Craig Nelson
  • Publisher Penguin Books
  • Year 2007
  • ISBN 10 0143112384
  • ISBN 13 978-0143112389

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  • Article Title Thomas Paine: Enlightenment, Revolution, and the Birth of Modern Nations
  • Author
  • Website Name American History Central
  • Access Date December 8, 2022
  • Publisher R.Squared Communications, LLC
  • Original Published Date
  • Date of Last Update March 16, 2019