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Grade 8 Up-Kaye skillfully weaves together the story of the man and the important historical events that occurred during his lifetime. The writing is lively and unbiased, fairly discussing Paine's disappointments and failures, as well as his successes. Extensive coverage is given to the publication of his pamphlet, Common Sense. The author also describes the circumstances under which Paine came to write Rights of Man, a pamphlet in defense of the French Revolution. Attention is given to Paine's many occupations and his political involvements in France, England, and America, as well as his writings against slavery and those in favor of the rights of women. Good-quality, black-and-white photos and reproductions appear throughout. While similar in scope to Milton Meltzer's Tom Paine (Watts, 1996), this volume's font size and layout make it appear to be for a slightly older audience. A solid addition to biography collections.
Marilyn Long Graham, Lee County Library System, Estero, FL
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Tom Paine was one of the more intriguing figures of the American Revolution. The subject of numerous biographies and fictional accounts (e.g., Howard Fast's 1943 Citizen Tom Paine), he is now the subject of this new volume in the "Oxford Portraits" series. While the series is primarily aimed at high school students, Kaye (history, Univ. of Wisconsin, Green Bay) delivers a crisp and concise biography that will be appreciated by a broad general audience of readers. Although his writing style is occasionally too pared down ("Paine was a friendly and sociable young man"), this deceptively simple book is fast paced and well organized. Kaye appends a short bibliography but does not provide any reference notes. This is a suitable acquisition for high school and public libraries but will not replace major works on Paine such as Eric Foner's Tom Paine and Revolutionary America (1976).
-Thomas A. Karel, Franklin & Marshall Coll. Lib., Lancaster, PA
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Oxford Portraits
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (April 6, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195116275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195116274
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.6 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,170,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Harvey J. Kaye is the Ben and Joyce Rosenberg Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. An award-winning author, Kaye has published fifteen books on history, politics, and ideas, contributed articles and essays to a diverse array of publications, including the Washington Post, the Daily Beast,, and Huffington Post, and appeared as a guest on numerous television and radio programs, including "Bill Moyers Journal," BookTV's "After Words," "Here and Now," and "The Thom Hartmann Show."

Born in New Jersey, Kaye received his B.A. at Rutgers (1971), his M.A. at the University of London (1973), and his Ph.D. at Louisiana State University (1976). He is a member of the National Writers Union, AFT, and PEN, and an Organization of American Historians Distinguished Lecturer (2007-2013). Kaye lives with his wife Lorna in Green Bay, Wisconsin, where they raised two daughters and root for the Packers. His newest book - The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great - was published by Simon & Schuster in 2014.

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By John Turnbull on May 15, 2014
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This is essentially a biography of a leading thinker of the Age of Enlightenment and American Revolution, well-written and easy reading. Should be required reading for every American History class.
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