“A good introduction to a complex historical character. . . . Provide[s] an engaging perspective on England, America, and France in the tumultuous years of the late eighteenth century.”Pauline Maier, The New York Times Book Review
A Political Life
978-0-8021-3964-1 • $23.95 • Paperback • Feb. 2003
“More than any other public figure of the eighteenth century, Tom Paine strikes our times like a trumpet blast from a distant world.” So begins John Keane’s magnificent and award-winning biography of “democracy’s greatest propagandist” (Library Journal). The author of the incomparable Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason, Paine earned his reputation as a notorious Revolutionary pamphleteer only to become one of the most extraordinary figures of his day. Setting his thrilling narrative against both the American and French Revolutions, Keane splendidly melds the public and private sides of Paine’s life into a remarkable piece of scholarship.