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Hitchens: How Paine's 'Rights' Changed the World

Oct 23, 2007 (Talk of the Nation)

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Author Christopher Hitchens discusses how Thomas Paine's writings influenced human rights, and the French and American Revolutions.

Hitchens writes that the 18th-century philosopher's easily accessible rhetoric was a key to his widespread influence.

Hitchens' book is the latest in Atlantic/Grove's "Books That Changed the World" series.

Guest:

Christopher Hitchens, author of Thomas Paine's Rights of Man: A Biography; contributor to Vanity Fair

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