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Thomas Paine : Firebrand of the Revolution - Harvey J. Kaye

Thomas Paine

Firebrand of the Revolution

Hardcover

Published: 1st March 2000
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old
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Thomas Paine (1737-1809) was one of the most fascinating figures of the late 18th century. His public antagonist and personal friend John Adams believed that their times would come to be known as the "Age of Paine." He came to America in middle age and became a radical-democratic pamphleteer, effectively turning colonial rebellion into a national liberation movement. He later returned to Europe where he played a prominent role in both the French Revolution and the cause of English radicalism. Paine is best remembered for his books: the controversial The Rights of Man and his book on the American Revolution, Common Sense. Harvey J. Kaye, well-known for his studies on Paine and his period, traces the English revolutionary's life and details his political writings in accessible, highly readable narrative that also covers important events of early American history.
Oxford Portraits is a new series of biographies for young adults. Written by prominent writers and historians, each of these titles is designed to supplement the core texts of the middle and high school curriculum with intriguing, thoroughly informative and insightful accounts of the lives and work of the notable men and women who helped shape history. Each book is illustrated with numerous graphics, photographs, and documents. A unique feature is the inclusion of sidebars containing primary source material, mostly excerpts from the subject's writings. A chronology, further reading list, and index rounds out every volume.

"Kaye skillfully weaves together the story of the man and the important historical events that occurred during his lifetime. The writing is lively and unbiased.... A solid addition to biography collections."--School Library Journal "Attentive readers will come away with a grasp of Paine's background, career, beliefs, and accomplishments, as well as a sense of the social upheavals during his time in America, England, and France.... A solid, readable choice for biography collections."--Booklist "This is a great introduction to Thomas Paine for both young adults and adults. It is the first work on Paine in decades, which is very accurate as to the facts of his life and the crucial role he played in founding this country and in the democratic revolutions all over the world. That makes this an important work. I welcome its publication."--Gary Berton, President, Thomas Paine National Historical Association "Kaye capably interweaves life in the 18th century with biographical material ... descriptive and comprehensive ... Recommended."--Book Report "Kaye skillfully weaves together the story of the man and the important historical events that occurred during his lifetime. The writing is lively and unbiased.... A solid addition to biography collections."--School Library Journal "Attentive readers will come away with a grasp of Paine's background, career, beliefs, and accomplishments, as well as a sense of the social upheavals during his time in America, England, and France.... A solid, readable choice for biography collections."--Booklist "A great introduction to Thomas Paine for both young adults and adults. It is the first work on Paine in decades, which is very accurate as to the facts of his life and the crucial role he played in founding this country and in the democratic revolutions all over the world. That makes this an important work. I welcome its publication."--Gary Berton, President, Thomas Paine National Historical Association "Kaye capably interweaves life in the 18th century with biographical material ... descriptive and comprehensive ... Recommended."--Book Report "Provides fascinating details of the life of Thomas Paine, and the political and social contexts from which his influential writings were born."--Children's Literature "A thorough biography."--The Horn Book Guide

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ISBN: 9780195116274
ISBN-10: 0195116275
Series: Oxford Portraits
Audience: General
For Ages: 12 - 14 years old
For Grades: 7 - 9
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 157
Published: 1st March 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 17.1  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.45