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Common Sense - Thomas Paine, Isaac Kramnick
Common Sense
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Published anonymously in 1776, the year of the American Declaration of Independence, Paine's "Common Sense" became an immediate best-seller, with fifty-six editions printed in that year alone. It was this pamphlet, more than any other factor, which helped to spark off the movement that... show more
Published anonymously in 1776, the year of the American Declaration of Independence, Paine's "Common Sense" became an immediate best-seller, with fifty-six editions printed in that year alone. It was this pamphlet, more than any other factor, which helped to spark off the movement that established the independence of the United States. From his experience of revolutionary politics, Paine drew those principles of fundamental human rights which, he felt, must stand no matter what excesses are committed to obtain them, and which he later formulated in his "Rights of Man".
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140390162 (0140390162)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 128
Edition language: English
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It's Legal Here...
It's Legal Here... rated it
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The reader should be made aware that I am biased for two reasons: one, anyone who tries to make capitalism and a representative democracy look good to me will fail, and two, literature written before the turn of the century has always been a tough pill to swallow. After thirteen years of reading and...
Hipster Ariel's Literary Grotto
Hipster Ariel's Literary Grotto rated it
3.5 This is One That Everyone Should Read
This is a classic for a very good reason. Thomas Paine was the mouthpiece for our founding fathers, and for an excellent reason. He was especially gifted at succinct, well thought out arguments. This pamphlet is no exception.
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basswood rated it
It is one of the most effective pieces of propaganda in the history of the world, and it's quite likely that without it the United States would not have garnered enough popular support to effect independence from England. Because it was so successful despite containing bucketloads of false logic, ri...
The Girl who Reads
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3.0 Common Sense
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Readin' and Dreamin'
Readin' and Dreamin' rated it
4.0 Common Sense
Hearing about Thomas Paine's Common Sense throughout the years, I always wondered how so small a book could help ignite the flames of independence and war. I get it now!I love how he kept expressing how the time was NOW to go for independence. Earlier or later would have proved fruitless.This was th...
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