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Paine created “Common Sense” as a call to arms to all colonists. It was basically a list of all the reason the Colonies should rebel and the wrongs the British had done. Paine wrote about taxation without representation and how only a continental government could rightly rule over the American Colonies. In other words that England could not fulfill the best interests of the Colonies when she is across the Atlantic Ocean. Paine even resorted to attacking the British monarchy and addressing the flaws of this form ...
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Overview

Paine created “Common Sense” as a call to arms to all colonists. It was basically a list of all the reason the Colonies should rebel and the wrongs the British had done. Paine wrote about taxation without representation and how only a continental government could rightly rule over the American Colonies. In other words that England could not fulfill the best interests of the Colonies when she is across the Atlantic Ocean. Paine even resorted to attacking the British monarchy and addressing the flaws of this form of government, which was a very serious crime in a time with no freedom of press. This essay ultimately saved the Revolution before it truly began by enlisting more colonies to aid Massachusetts, at that time the only colony in rebellion.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940150646544
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 8/8/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 568,902
  • File size: 125 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2010

    Printing of Common Sense

    I find the book itself to be an interesting historical read. What I do not like is how the introduction is written with the author's opinion which is 26 pages long. I think this is far too long and can sway how the reader takes some of what Thomas Paine means in his writting. If a company wants to reprint a book, it should be printed the way it was originally printed. If someone wants to add an introduction, it should not be telling what the writter means politically, or otherwise. Keep your political/cultural opinions to yourself.

    19 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2009

    Must have

    Every library must contain this book. This is a must read for anyone High School age or older to understand the freedoms each American Citizen is supposed to have today, and why it is his duty to pass them along to succeeding generations.

    18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2009

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    A piece of American History

    This should be required reading for all HS students.It's not a fast read but one of the most important. We will see what our founders wanted - a true Republic-the power belongs to the people NOT the government.Are we now giving up our power to the government?

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2009

    A true patriot

    These are the words that set US apart from all other nations! It should be read, and if already read, re-read it. We have a republic not a democracy.

    10 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    A wonderful wake up call that puts our current situation in perspective!

    Thomas Paine provides a very simple, direct and non-partisan argument for limited government and against career politicians. This book offers a very insightful perspective into the thought processes of our founding fathers. It truly illuminates how far we have drifted, nearly 180 degrees, from the original concepts that were the foundation for our great nation. I strongly believe that this book is an essential read for every American!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2008

    A Masterpiece

    One of the finest works ever penned. With the eloquence of Shakespeare and the fury of a firebrand preacher, Paine rails against tyranny and monarchy while espousing the virtues of freedom, independence and representative government. Written in January of 1776 at the onset of the Revolutionary War, Common Sense brought to print with naked prejudice the unspoken sentiment that America's day had come and independence was her rightful state. Highly recommended for those eager to learn more about America's heritage and founding ideals.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2009

    Should be required reading

    Where have all the great people gone. Thomas Paines Common Sense is still relevant today, every one should read it. I will be reading all his other books.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2009

    Understanding the change agents

    Anyone interested in understanding how it has come to be that many feel the United States is well on it's way to becoming a socialist society should read Common Sense. Does society drive government, or does government drive the development of our society.

    Gives great insigtht into the minds that formed this nation. One for the permanent library and to spark an interesting conversation.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2009

    Puts many of my own thoughts into writing

    This is a MUST reading for all. The author jolts our memories and puts into logical prospect what is happening to our freedoms. How we got to where we are and where we probably are going if we just sit back and complain silently. I especially appreciate that the original Thomas Paine Common Sense is printed at the back of book. I will insist my children read it and pass it on to my grandchildren as well.

    7 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

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    Common Sense

    In Philadelphia in early 1776, Thomas Paine (1737-1809) anonymously published a booklet called Common Sense. His impassioned plea for American independence and his anti-government tirade directed at King George III sold 100,000 copies within three months. Eventually, a half-million copies circulated in an America with only two million literate citizens. Paine's clear, concise writing, intended for the masses, sacrifices no rhetorical grandeur. As contemporary Americans look back to their Founding Fathers for inspiration, Paine's reasoned, ardent words carry even greater meaning. getAbstract highly recommends this building block of the United States of America to all modern students of history.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2000

    The Best Solution to the cause for American Independence

    Common Sense is the best explaination to the fight for American Independence. Every reason for the break is stated so elequently in Common Sense, and the Student of the American Revolution needs this book to understand the heart of the matter. It is also good for ones seeking life's lessons.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 18, 2009

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    Absolutely Thomas Paine

    To understand all that our Gov't started from & what it has become !!!

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2014

    Highly recommend!

    If you have questions on what government is suppose to be about, get this book

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  • Posted October 24, 2014

    Common Sense Indeed

    We owe a debt to Englishman Thomas Paine. I believe he wanted to lower the level of suffering of the human race & increase the levels of it's happiness.
    To be free of worry about the most basic needs of life while enjoying the Fruits of Life
    is a great ideal that should not be afforded only by the the wealthy but affordable by all
    people.
    Does one choose to be povety stricken? Does one choose to be uneducated?
    Not when the availibility is free & availible to all those who want to rise above the rabble
    and excel.
    Thomas paine suggested ways a tide might raise all boats.
    Roland Maurice,Sandy,Oregon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2014

    A true work of art in United States history. If nothing else, th

    A true work of art in United States history.
    If nothing else, this book properly demonstrates the mindset and intentions of the original "Americans" back  in
    the years before and during the revolutions. Thomas Paine's ability to connect to his audience (nearly the entirety of the colonies)
    is remarkable, explaining what actual values this country was founded on. While the history of the United States has always been questionable,
    regardless if you like it or not, this is worth the effort to read. Just like anyone who is honestly interested in the the U.S. constitution should probably start by reading it, if you are curious about what started our country, this is the book to do it. With exceptional writing and marvelous insight, this historical piece will prove to you what the United States was really founded on.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2013

    Nice book, great history

    A must have book to go along with the Constitution of the United States. I have placed it on a end table in my living room so any one might pick it up and read. I can't wait to order more of the leather bound books for my collections and I see more are being added. Great, Thank you Barnes and Noble.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    As the Title Says- Common Sense

    I wish more people with authority would read this book. A lot of problems could be avoided!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 8, 2012

    If you enjoy US History this is for you!

    While this book most certainly will not take long for someone to read it is still a book that you will enjoy if you’re interested in US history. It covers basic common sense reasoning, as to why the Colonies should not be joined back with Great Britain and that they should be free from the crown and be a nation on their own. You can read this and see what the Founding Fathers and others of that time read that challenged all who read it to use Common Sense that we needed to be an Independent Nation.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

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    Almost as meaningful now as it was in 1776!

    The colonial english slows you down a little, but once you get used to it, it's pretty easy to read. What insight this man had!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Timeless Piece

    It is very powerful piece with timeless impact for all generation to glean virtue from.

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