Despite being a founder of both the U.S. and the French Republic, the creator of the phrase "United States of America," and author of three of the bestselling publications of 18th-century America, Thomas Paine is arguably the least-known of the American founding fathers. Here the author of The First Heroes tells how this lower-class British tradesman managed not only to have penned a cornerstone of American democracy, Common Sense, but also to have become a revered citizen of the world.
"Thomas Paine has had many biographers, but this is the first book to recover him in his own electrical style. Nelson's account brings Paine to life with all the flaws and foibles flaming away amidst the greatness. The story is poignant and the prose is incandescent."óJoseph J. Ellis