About the Book

Tom Paine

Tom Paine

A Political Life
January 2003
Trade Paperback · 576 Pages
$23.95 U.S. · €16.99 E.U.
ISBN 9780802139641
Grove Press


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"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 (the Fraunces Tavern Book Award) biography of one of democracy's greatest champions. Among friends and enemies alike, Paine earned a reputation as a notorious pamphleteer, one of the greatest political figures of his day, and the author of three best-selling books, Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason. Setting his compelling narrative against a vivid social backdrop of prerevolutionary America and the French Revolution, John Keane melds together the public and the shadowy private sides of Paine's life in a remarkable piece of scholarship. This is the definitive biography of a man whose life and work profoundly shaped the modern age. "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 — Pauline Maier, The New York Times Book Review "It is hard to imagine this magnificent biography ever being superceded…. It is a stylish, splendidly erudite work." — Terry Eagleton, The Guardian

About the Author

John Keane is a professor of politics at the University of Westminster and the director of the Centre for the Study of Democracy. He has written ten books, including The Media of Democracy and Vaclav Havel. The Times (London) recently ranked Keane as one of Britain's leading political thinkers.