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Thomas Paine was born in Thetford, England, in 1737, the son of a staymaker. He had little schooling and worked at a number of jobs, including tax collector, a position he lost for agitating for an increase in excisemen’s pay. Persuaded by Benjamin Franklin, he emigrated to America in 1774. In 1776 he began his American Crisis series of thirteen pamphlets, and also published the incalculably influential Common Sense, which established Paine not only as a truly revolutionary thinker, but as the American Revolution’s fiercest political theorist. In 1787 Paine returned to Europe, where he became involved in revolutionary politics. In England his books were burned by the public hangman. Escaping to France, Paine took part in drafting the French constitution and voted against the king’s execution. He was imprisoned for a year and narrowly missed execution himself. In 1802 he returned to America and lived in New York State, poor, ill and largely despised for his extremism and so-called atheism (he was in fact a deist). Thomas Paine died in 1809. His body was exhumed by William Cobbett, and the remains were taken to England for a memorial burial. Unfortunately, the remains were subsequently lost. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Excellent book for those who want to question or need to question the whole religious fiasco.Published 4 months ago by Cec
The Science is a bit dated but what do you expect of a contemporary of George Washington? His points are clear and concise and he goes into great length to defend his position... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Patrick Muxlow
As a Deist myself, I would recomend this book to anyone who is interested in Deism. Paine uses this book to point out the problems with not only the Christian religion, but also... Read morePublished on Jan. 15 2004 by Ryan M. OShea
This is a book which was written in 1795 but surprisingly enough is as clear and easy to read as books written today. Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2003 by Tom Munro
The Age of Reason is a brilliant defense of freethought and freedom of religious belief. Paine is NOT an atheist as claimed by fanatical believers. Read morePublished on May 8 2003 by G. F Gori