The Trouble with Tom
The Strange Afterlife and Times of Thomas Paine
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A Book Sense Fall 2005 History Channel Top Ten Pick
Paul Collins combines present-day travelogue with an odyssey down the forgotten paths of history as he searches for the physical remains of founding father Thomas Paine. Paine's missing body, like a saint's relics, has been scattered in pieces around the world over the last two centuries-a brainstem in New York, a box of bones in London, a lock of hair in Edinburgh, a skull in Sydney. As Paul tracks down these remnants, he revisits the unusual life of Tom Paine-and in his search for Paine's body, Collins uncovers that body's soul.
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I enjoyed this book, but the digital version was so roughly edited that at times it was hard to figure out what the text was supposed to say. I'm talking copy-editing here--loads of misspelled words and missing punctuation but not the way that a human writer would misspell things, more like the way a computer scanning in a hard copy misinterprets the text (example: what from context was clearly supposed to be £5 was printed as LS). I felt like i was reading a Project Gutenberg book, except it wasn't free. Then again, maybe these kinds of errors were in the hard copy too, i don't know. Regardless, there were enough errors consistently throughout that it negatively influenced my reading experience, which has not happened to this degree in any other book i've purchased through iTunes.
Collins is great; the e-book isn't.
The story is fascinating and beautifully told, but this version is a disaster. It's riddled with mistakes and typos. Skip it. Buy the paper version, or wait for an improved release.