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Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty: How One Man's Ideas Helped Form a New Nation

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Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty: How One Man's Ideas Helped Form a New Nation

Thomas Paine was an Englishman who lived through nearly three-quarters of the 18th century and the first few years of the 19th (1737-1809), a time of great world change. Although he was uneducated as a boy, he became a writer, a philosopher and an inventor. While his inventions haven’t had much of an impact on us as a society, his writings have. He is well-known for writing three important documents --- Common Sense, Rights of Man and Age of Reason --- that outline his arguments against political, civil and religious ignorance.

Author Albert Marrin not only provides the reader with a comprehensive biography of Paine’s life, but he also shows how Paine’s ideas helped change the world around him and influenced the course of history.

Paine lived an interesting life, starting out in England, then coming to America, going back overseas to both England and France, and returning to America. He was jailed in France during the French Revolution and nearly died there.

Author Albert Marrin not only provides the reader with a comprehensive biography of Paine’s life, but he also shows how Paine’s ideas helped change the world around him and influenced the course of history.

The text is broken up with drawings and photos, making the narrative much more interesting.

This would make a great book for students who are learning not only about Thomas Paine himself, but also about both the American and French Revolutions.

Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin on November 21, 2014

Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty: How One Man's Ideas Helped Form a New Nation
by Albert Marrin

  • Publication Date: November 11, 2014
  • Genres: Children's Nonfiction
  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
  • ISBN-10: 0375866744
  • ISBN-13: 9780375866746