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Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty, How One Man's Ideas Helped Form a New Nation by Albert Marrin
Thomas Paine was one of the most influential writers of the eighteenth century. He brought the world Common Sense, Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason: clearly written arguments against political, civil, and religious bigotry.
Thomas Paine is often called the father of the American Revolution, even though he was not a signer of the Declaration of Independence. With his pen, he introduced the idea of liberty into the mainstream and turned the tide of public opinion toward independence. American troops clung to his words "These are the times that try men's souls" to boost their morale in their darkest days. But when he became caught up in the French Revolution, he risked his reputation and even his life.
Thomas Paine: Crusader for Liberty is both a biography and an exploration of the power of ideas to change the world. Award winning author Albert Marrin brings to life a time, a man, and a principle that shaped the United States if America and, indeed, the entire world.
Update: This great new read goes to Patricia M.! Remember: if you didn't win the drawing, you can still find this book at FCPL.