Common Sense (Or Lack of It) In the 21St Century [NOOK Book]

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Once in a generation an essay is written that can rouse the Inhabitants of America and change our understanding of ourselves and the world in which we live. This is such an essay. Like his namesake, Paine articulates common sense ideas about science, politics, religion, and psychology, among other things. His belief that "life is adventure" has given him an optimistic outlook on life, despite the world's problems.
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Overview

Once in a generation an essay is written that can rouse the Inhabitants of America and change our understanding of ourselves and the world in which we live. This is such an essay. Like his namesake, Paine articulates common sense ideas about science, politics, religion, and psychology, among other things. His belief that "life is adventure" has given him an optimistic outlook on life, despite the world's problems.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781257454907
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 7/11/2011
  • Sold by: LULU PRESS
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 259 KB

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  • Posted October 22, 2010

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    Thought provoking at the very least.

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Reminds me of a current system in place, and not just on a governmental aspect.

    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..

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2013

    The author is clearly a skilled writer and persuasive debater. 

    The author is clearly a skilled writer and persuasive debater. 
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    I was impressed with the overall argument for independence. This is an artfully constructed document
    with articulate ideas.  
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    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. 
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    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.


     

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 24, 2013

    An Important Read

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    must read for american history enthusiast

    If you want to know the depth of the problem Britain, you have to read this.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2013

    Boo

    Worst book ever!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Common sense by thomas paine

    Must reading for those who want to restore America to the people.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    This is a must read for anyone political science major

    It's what our country was built upon and was the foundation for the Declaration of independence and the Constitution

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  • Posted March 20, 2013

    REQUIRED READING

    This should be required reading in every school in America. After 200 plus years it has lost none of it's luster or timeliness.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Yay!

    This book is highly informative. In my social studies class we learned about this and i wanted to read it for myself. :) :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2013

    Great book but long

    Thomas paine wrote a great book!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Wanted to read this but badly edited

    The version edited by Haldeman-Julius is mangled in the Nook format and is unreadable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    I loved reading this!

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Unreadable.

    "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!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    Boring

    Not that interesting. Only read the sample so far.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Don't waste your time

    This book wouldn't even open for me.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2012

    Love history read!!!!!!

    Must read love history

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2011

    Really not as impressive as

    Everything written about it has led me to believe. Paine was a rabble rouser and most everything in here was disapointing.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 21, 2011

    Enjoyed it.

    A good document for insight on our nation

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    Good

    Nice book.###

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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