Thomas Paine’s the Rights of Man – Christopher Hitchens

More splendid stuff from Hitchens. Dense, beautifully written, provocative in places and fascinating, this is an ideal companion to Hitchens’s book on Thomas Jefferson.

Protestants -v- Catholics, the Spanish -v- the French, abolition of the slave trade, Normans -v- Saxons: it’s all in there, and more.

Not to mention Washington -vs- Paine, and Paine -vs- Burke, and the French Revolution (too brutal) -vs- the American Revolution (not brutal enough).

Oh, and Tom Paine could make corsets. My kinda man.

Now I need to find out some more about Edmund Burke, and Adam Smith. And Condorcet. And Marie Antoinette.


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