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Thomas Paine and the Promise of America Paperback – July 25, 2006
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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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Top Customer Reviews
Kaye's book encompasses two parts, one a brisk biography of Paine, and then a biography of Paine's posthumous life within American history and ideas. It was only in 1774 that Paine, upon the recommendation of Benjamin Franklin, crossed the Atlantic to Philadelphia. He was 38 years old, and quickly became a journal editor. He wrote _Common Sense_ anonymously, exhorting his countrymen not only to independence, but to republicanism. He formulated his arguments so that everyone could understand them, and everyone did; _Common Sense_ united and inspired the colonists to a new American cause. He became involved in politics again in France with the storming of the Bastille.Read more ›
This book is not a biography, per se, of Paine. The first third of the book follows the political part of his life. The author's first purpose is to demonstrate the significant influence that Paine's writings had on the revolutionary effort in America and in Europe. His sixteen "American Crisis" papers during the War helped to recharge American resolve during very trying times for the American military. "Rights of Man," 1792, was highly critical of the vast class disparities existing in British aristocratic society, which resulted in his conviction of sedition in absentia. "Age of Reason," written in France in 1795, denounced institutionalized churches "as human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit." "Agrarian Justice," 1796, explained poverty as being a consequence of exploitation and the power of private property. It is a body of work that to that time in history may not have been matched in sheer audaciousness.
Paine was controversial in the colonies from the beginning.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This should be required reading for all politicians, who often misinterpret the American history and our founders beliefs.Published 4 months ago by James H. Chesky
This book was written by a man critical of Thomas Paine. I've read other biographies that were more fair to him. But on the other hand, it is an excellent read none-the-less.Published 10 months ago by Christopher Hartly Holte
A fine read about a person way ahead of his time (1700-1800) who had to fight for his beliefs, and was considered a "kook" and very "left of center". Recommended.Published 19 months ago by Arkansas Red
I really enjoyed this book. I never knew how important this man was to the American revolution. Now I know why I didn't know...
He made some powerful enemies. Read more
I have been a Paine supporter for many years. This book filled in some blank pages. It does get a little too detailed as he tries to show how the 19th century treated Paine. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Stephen R Kress
liked the movie and would recommend just wish our internet connection was better so we did not get recalberated so oftenPublished 21 months ago by Sally Sprague
Well written by Prof Kaye, and easy reading. It defines how America departed from the prevailing monarchical regimes of the 18th Century, and created a mass democracy. Read morePublished 21 months ago by John Turnbull