The revolutionary spirit that runs throughout American history is here traced back to founding father Thomas Paine. Harvey Kaye argues that Paine, one of the most remarkable political writers of the modern world, not only nudged America's rebellion towards war but also articulated an American identity charged with purpose and promise. Beginning with his life and ideas, the book charts generations of Americans who turned to Paine for inspiration on subjects of freedom, equality, and democracy.
"I couldn't put the thing down! The story of Thomas Paine—then and now, for the man and his ideas are very much alive today—stirs the heart, moves the mind, and routs the demon of despair."—Bill Moyers