The Trouble with Tom: The Strange Afterlife and Times of Thomas Paine (Paperback)
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Short Description for The Trouble with Tom A typical book about a major historical figure doesn't start at a gay piano bar and almost end in a drainage ditch. But then, Tom Paine wasn't a typical historical figure.
- Published: 02 January 2006
- Format: Paperback 288 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780747577683 ISBN 10: 0747577684
Full description for The Trouble with Tom
The author of "Common Sense" and "The Rights of Man", a radical on the run from the law in London, a founding father of the United States of America, a senator of revolutionary France, Thomas Paine alone claims a key role in the development of three modern democracies. He was a walking revolution in human form - the most dangerous man alive. But in death, Paine's story turns truly bizarre - his bones were taken from New York to London and eventually disappeared. In Paris, London and New York, in bars, grocers, shops and national libraries, crossing paths along the way with, among others, Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, William Cobbett, Walt Whitman, Charles Darwin and even Lord Bryon, Paul Collins sets himself the challenge of finding out what happened to Paine's bones, and ends up telling one of the most extraordinary stories of modern history.