|Harlow Giles Unger.|
|Pages/Publication Date:||336 / 2019|
An Englishman who emigrated to America, Thomas Paine used his pamphlet Common Sense to inspire the colonies to rise up against his homeland. The most widely read political writer of his generation, Paine proved to be more than a century ahead of his time, demanding unheard-of social reforms that are now integral elements of modern republican societies: government subsidies for the poor, pre- and post-natal care for women, and universal social security. As Harlow Giles Unger details in this "brisk and spirited biography" (Wall Street Journal), however, Paine's vitriolic attacks on organized religion alienated many of his friends, and the man who had been hailed as the muse of the American Revolution found himself alone and forgotten.