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Thomas Paine's Rights of Man

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Simon Vance

3 Hours 30 Minutes

Tantor Media

September 2007

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Thomas Paine is one of the greatest political propagandists in history. 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 uprising of the French people, Paine's text is a passionate defense of the rights of man. Paine argued against monarchy and outlined the elements of a successful republic, including public education, pensions, and relief of the poor and unemployed, all financed by income tax.

Since its publication, The Rights of Man has been celebrated, criticized, maligned, and suppressed. But here, commentator Christopher Hitchens, Paine's natural heir, marvels at its forethought and revels in its contentiousness. Above all, he shows how Thomas Paine's Rights of Man forms the philosophical cornerstone of the world's most powerful republic: the United States of America.

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  • Derek D.

    Excellent book. I learned more from this book then I did in school on the same subject. Even the narrator was fantastic! He hit the cadence of how Christopher Hitchens would speak which was an added pleasure. Would highly recommend. A

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  • John Scully

    An important book that has become more so with recent events. This reading lacks the sting of Hitchens reading his own work, but it is well done nonetheless.

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