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Citizen Paine

Thomas Paine's Thoughts on Man, Government, Society, and Religion

Edited by John P. Kaminski

Thomas Paine was the quintessential revolutionary. No other person captured so well the explosiveness of the last quarter of the eighteenth century. In 1805 John Adams, long a critic of Paine, condemned the labeling of the era as the Age of Reason—the title of Paine's last major work. Admitting that no other "man in the world has had more influence on its inhabitants or affairs for the last thirty years than Tom Paine," Adams satirically suggested that this revolutionary era be called "the Age of Paine."
Paine was a complex man. Each of his fifty biographers since his death in 1809 has failed to unveil the full person. Because he will always be different things to different people, it is unlikely we shall ever fully understand this enigmatic man. Joel Barlow, one of Paine's closest friends, was perhaps right when he wrote that Paine's "own writings are his best life."
Taking Barlow's advice, this compilation of over 1,000 quotations on 450 topics draws exclusively from the genius of Tom Paine. Accompanied by an insightful and concise biography, this totally unique volume broadens and deepens our understanding and appreciation of this remarkable revolutionary, whose vision of a humane and democratic society shaped a philosophy for his time that still speaks to us today.
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Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Pages: 144Size: 6 x 8 3/4
978-0-7425-2088-2 • Hardback • February 2002 • $44.00 • (£29.95)
John P. Kaminski is the director of the Center for the Study of the American Constitution at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He is the author and editor of numerous books including, Citizen Jefferson: Wit and Wisdom of an American Sage, Jefferson in Love: The Love Letters Between Thomas Jefferson and Maria Cosway, Federalists and Antifederalists: The Debate Over the Ratification of the Constitution, George Clinton: Yeoman Politician of the New Republic, and the massive multi-volume Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.
A fine new book of observations by Thomas Paine, the revolutionary pamphleteer whose "Common Sense" and "The American Crisis" so greatly influenced the founders.
The Capital Times

An extremely useful book.
Tps Echo, Thomas Paine Society Newsletter