Well written by Prof Kaye, and easy reading.
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.
Kaye offers a plausible and logical explanation: the influence of Thomas Paine's pamphlets, most notably "Common Sense.".
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 5 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 6 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 7 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 7 months ago by John Turnbull
To those discouraged by the gridlock in Washington D.C., the criminal behavior on Wall Street, the collapse of the American Middle class, the increasing gap in wealth between the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Steve Price
I had a volume of Thomas Paine's collection of earlier writings, and was amazed at the intellect but wanted another book so I could have a great time gauging content versus... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
The author summarizes Paine's writings and his life story, and then goes on to show how Paine's legacy was used by various groups to further democracy, economic security, and equal... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Flaret
I like it seems many other here bought this book thinking it was a biography of Thomas Paine. I enjoy reading biographies of the fathers and others of the American revolution and... Read morePublished on July 22, 2012 by michael.ritchie.