'1984' 60 Years Later

George Orwell's dystopian novel of the future, 1984, was published six decades ago. Many of the terms Orwell coined have passed into popular usage.

Christopher Hitchens, author of Why Orwell Matters, explains the novel's continued significance.

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

Correction Sept. 21, 2012

Our guest incorrectly says that David Hume died on July 4, 1776. Hume died on Aug. 25 of that year.

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hide captionRevolutionary philosopher Thomas Paine, circa 1770.

Thomas Paine

Revolutionary philosopher Thomas Paine, circa 1770.

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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