Rights of Man

Version: Abridged
Author: Thomas Paine
Narrator: David Rintoul
Genres: Philosophy
Publisher: Naxos Audiobooks
Published In: July 2008
# of Units: 8 CDs
Length: 4 hours
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Overview

Written in 1791 as a response to Edmund Burkes Reflections on the Revolution in France, Thomas Paines Rights of Man is a seminal work on human freedom and equality. Using the French Revolution and its ideals as an example, he demonstrates his belief that any government must put the inherent rights of its citizens above all else, especially politics. After its publication, Paine left England for France and was tried in his absence for libel against the crown. Authoritatively read by David Rintoul.

Author Details

Author Details

Paine, Thomas

Paine was born in Norfolk, England, on January 29, 1737. He received a basic education in history, mathematics, and science, but left school at age 13 to apprentice in his father's corsetmaking shop. In 1757, he spent time at sea aboard the privateer ship King of Prussia, and later found employment as a journeyman staymaker in London. All the while, Paine continued to study on his own, influenced by the work of two leading figures of the Enlightenment, Isaac Newton and John Locke. He began writing political pamphlets, and at the urging of Benjamin Franklin, emigrated to Philadelphia in 1774 to