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COMMON SENSE
     

COMMON SENSE

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by Thomas Paine
 

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Enormously popular and widely read pamphlet, first published in January of 1776, clearly and persuasively argues for American separation from Great Britain and paves the way for the Declaration of Independence. This highly influential landmark document attacks the monarchy, cites the evils of government and combines idealism with practical economic concerns.

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Enormously popular and widely read pamphlet, first published in January of 1776, clearly and persuasively argues for American separation from Great Britain and paves the way for the Declaration of Independence. This highly influential landmark document attacks the monarchy, cites the evils of government and combines idealism with practical economic concerns.

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BN ID:
2940148255987
Publisher:
Tower Publishing
Publication date:
03/03/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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Thomas Paine (29 January 1737–8 June 1809) was an English pamphleteer, revolutionary, radical, inventor, and intellectual. He lived and worked in Britain until age 37, when he emigrated to the British American colonies, in time to participate in the American Revolution. His principal contribution was the powerful, widely-read pamphlet, Common Sense (1776), advocating colonial America's independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and of The American Crisis (1776-1783), a pro-revolutionary pamphlet series. Later, he greatly influenced the French Revolution. He wrote the Rights of Man (1791), a guide to Enlightenment ideas. Despite not speaking French, he was elected to the French National Convention in 1792. The Girondists regarded him an ally, so, the Montagnards, especially Robespierre, regarded him an enemy. In December of 1793, he was arrested and imprisoned in Paris, then released in 1794. He became notorious because of The Age of Reason (1793-94), the book advocated deism and argued against Christian doctrines. In France, he also wrote the pamphlet Agrarian Justice (1795), discussing the origins of property, and introduced the concept of a guaranteed minimum income. He remained in France during the early Napoleonic era, but condemned Napoleon's dictatorship, calling him "the completest charlatan that ever existed".[1] In 1802, he returned to America at President Thomas Jefferson's invitation. Thomas Paine died, at age 72, in No. 59 Grove Street, Greenwich Village, N.Y.C., on 8 June 1809. His burial site is located in New Rochelle, New York where he had lived after returning to America in 1802. His remains were later disinterred by an admirer looking to return them to England; his final resting place today is unknown. Source: Wikipedia

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Common Sense 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 165 reviews.
Jennmarie68 More than 1 year ago
I can't say that I liked this one, but I didn't hate it and I actually found it fairly interesting. It was intriguing and as Paine made his arguments for why we should revolt I kept having to remind myself of the time that this was written. It really made me think had we not had people like Paine in our history where would we be today? How different of a world would we live in if there had not been revolutionists? The language took me a bit to get used to. I realized how nice the dictionary feature on the nook really is... There were quite a few times that I had to look something up because I was lost as to what Paine was trying to get across. Overall I think it was a compelling piece of literature. At the very least it was thought provoking and gave me a better idea of the place America was in politically and socially before the revolution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Think of and compare Capitalism vs. Monarchy. Then think of and compare Kings vs. Corperate and Fame Giants. Ya know, the big dogs at the top whose families inherit generations of wealth, ownership, land, and fame. Now think about how carefully interagrate and infused Capitalism has been introduced into not just politics but also the direction of the Progress of a People of not just our nation but as entire global regions; not just of our own constitution but as theirs or any hope for theirs as well... People should remember the firey desire of our forefathers for freedom. All the struggles they forced themselves to confront and suffer through just for a Freedom of the People... For a better tomorrow. Our forefathers were of not just a few but of an entire generation of free thinking men and women. Our forefathers bled in more ways then imagined on any battlefield. THEY BLED NOT FOR RICHES OR FAME BUT FOR AN IDEA! The Idea that ALL men are equal, all are worthy of equal opportunity and consequence regardless of the riches or rank of power they hold. No man less important then the next. No man deprieved of any available opportunity currently at the current pace of Civilization as the next man. I hold the torch of ALL my forefathers before. Learn from humanities story that has been told thus far..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author is clearly a skilled writer and persuasive debater.  -- I was impressed with the overall argument for independence. This is an artfully constructed document with articulate ideas.   --  Nonetheless, I was disappointed to read a variety of short sighted and discriminatory views in a frequently praised historical American document. Paine continually uses his religion  to justify arguments against the King of England and Jewish persons. Also, the hypocrisy of the colonialist oppression pales in comparison to the plight of their own slaves.  -- In sum, this is an important read for historical purposes. In my opinion I do not believe this early document can be found fully relevant today or used to pioneer the future course of our nation. Perhaps  his success was due to a relatively small amount of homogeneous colonists who shared  the dream of leaving their homeland in search of a better life. If this document hd been written today, I feel that intellectual minds could see many discrepancies and stimulate thoughtful debate.  
Dees-Gust More than 1 year ago
This work played a key role in beginning the Revolutionary War. While young compared to his peers, Paine offered thought provoking insight as to why revolution was the only answer to the problems the colonies faced in dealing with a monarchy. In spite of his open anti-Semitic views, Paine makes valid points about the huge flaws in the British monarchy of the time. Student and/or friend to such notables as Franklin and Jefferson, Paine gathered the threads of their thoughts and wove a tapestry readable by the average person. Information became public in a brief and readable style born of the mind of Mr. Paine. He is the line that connects the founding fathers to the typical citizen. A valued addition to any Revolutionary War buff's library, this is highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want to know the depth of the problem Britain, you have to read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The version edited by Haldeman-Julius is mangled in the Nook format and is unreadable.
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WaltimusWL More than 1 year ago
It's what our country was built upon and was the foundation for the Declaration of independence and the Constitution
Spooky42 More than 1 year ago
This should be required reading in every school in America. After 200 plus years it has lost none of it's luster or timeliness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is highly informative. In my social studies class we learned about this and i wanted to read it for myself. :) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thomas paine wrote a great book!!!!!
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For the first time ever, I felt like I truly got a sense of what our forefathers &the American people of the time were thinking. This helped me understand & more fully apreciate al the historical books about our that I've since. Every American should read this!
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"Common sense" is exactly that. Unfortunately, I cannot read this particular purchase on my nook. Some lines of printing overlap others. I want my money back!