Thomas Paine's Rights of Man

Thomas Paine's Rights of Man

Book - 2006 | 1st American ed
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Thomas Paine was one of the greatest advocates of freedom in history, and his Declaration of the Rights of Man, first published in 1791, is the key to his reputation. Inspired by his outrage at Edmund Burke's attack on the French Revolution, Paine's text is a passionate defense of man's inalienable rights. Since its publication, Rights of Man has been celebrated, criticized, maligned, suppressed, and co-opted. But here, polemicist and commentator Christopher Hitchens marvels at its forethought and revels in its contentiousness. Hitchens, a political descendant of the great pamphleteer, demonstrates how Paine's book forms the philosophical cornerstone of the United States, and how, "in a time when both rights and reason are under attack," Thomas Paine's life and writing "will always be part of the arsenal on which we shall need to depend." (New Statesman)--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press ; [Berkeley, Calif.] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, ©2006
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780871139559
Branch Call Number: 323.5 HITCHENS
Characteristics: 158 pages ; 21 cm

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Jan 21, 2013

well, it inspired me to read "The Rights of Man". Hitchens, now deceased, had polemic opinions on just about everything.

Aug 20, 2012

I listened to Thomas Paine's Rights of Man and wanted to know more about the man and the book. Christopher Hitchens does this. The book is to the point and very insightful.


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