This seems, as one reads disjointed book -- but perhaps that was the intention. For what result is an unforgettable picture of the man, a even these war and dear to him, his own worst enemy at every of his tragic life. The story ranges back and forth, so that -- bit by drop late place, and one seen a a childhood and adolescence, scarred by poverty and its by a bitter sense of class distinctions, by hatred of the was into. Then the chance for a new world, made possible by Benjamin and again disillusionness reviling, failure, until at last the to edit a liberal journal set his feet on the path he was to follow to death. A forsing people ahead of their inclinations into the path of revelutions -- crying independence in his Common Sence speaking to and through and for the common man, heartening the soldiers when everything else failed, playing a part in the Arstrian Revelution Time and again his series -- Crisis -- turned the Jefferson, and others felt his power. But none could save him free Then back to his native England -- until The Rights of Man forced him out of England, and into Revelutionary France. But even there, his brand of Revelution Dept his always on the side he spent months in jail, swatting the bulletine, against Washington who felt himself powerless to save him. , old he still had to face down Nepoleon and his generals in counsil, to publish Age of made him more than ever upon and , unable -- on his to -- to take his place in Jeffersen's inner group. He died, as he had lived, in poverty and disrepute his grave today is unknown. It is an extraordinary tale -- Howard Fast has made it good reading. There is in it such that should be a spur today.