Thomas Paine published Common Sense in 1776, a time when America was a hotbed of revolution. The pamphlet, which called for America's political freedom, sold more than 150,000 copies in three months. Paine not only spurred his fellow Americans to action but soon came to symbolize the spirit of the Revolution itself. His persuasive pieces, written so elegantly, spoke to the hearts and minds of all those fighting for freedom from England.
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"No writer has exceeded Paine in ease and familiarity of style; in perspicuity of expression, happiness of elucidation, and in simple unassuming language." (Thomas Jefferson)
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"A must for anyone interested in history"
It's like taking a peek into the hearts and minds of the American revolution. Profoundly interesting, even for a mildly history interested European like myself.
It surprised me that I didn't have much trouble following the narrative even though it's in 1700s English and I'm not a native speaker.
Paine's use of religious references to underline some of his point. Surprisingly many.
"A MUST READ for every American!"
Enormously popular and widely read propaganda pamphlet, published in 1776, clearly and persuasively argues for American separation from Great Britain and paves the way for the Declaration of Independence. Eloquent, persuasive and incendiary. I can see why this pamphlet was so influential. A must read for every American!
"well narrated, awesome and timeless message."
I've listened to it many times now and have marveled at the bravery and foresight of Thomas Paine. It is also well narrated and gives you the feel of a colonial era debate tournament.
"narration was not the worst but not the greatest."
the narrator nearly put me to sleep despite the fact that i was very interested in the information being provided.
"Revisit (or Visit) History and Open Your Eyes"
This was surprisingly easy to "read," and very interesting from this side of history. Hard to imagine even the need for this, but definite reminder of why America needed to do as she did. Glad I took the time. Do you know what Paine argued made sense for the colonists, what the argument was really about? Listen and find out.
""In unity . . . our great strength""
You know a book is really good when people are still talking about it almost two and a half centuries later. Thomas Paine wrote and published "Common Sense" (January 9 or 10, 1776), demanding independence from Great Britain.
Paine published anonymously out of necessity. What he wrote was treason, and what he advocated then might be called terrorism today. If the colonists had lost, the Revolutionary War would have been consigned to the ignominy of an armed insurrection.
"Common Sense" was actually one of the first audio books. General George Washington had it read to the troops of his Continental Army, and inspired Americans read it to their illiterate neighbors. It's fun to imagine colonists meeting in secret to discuss the radical ideas that became the Declaration of Independence and eventually, the Constitution.
Walter Dixon's narration wasn't particularly inspired, so I'm not giving the narration high marks. But as for the book - the cornerstone of American democracy deserves a 5.
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Let's be honest here - if you're from a particular side of the political spectrum, you will not like this book. However, hearing freedom and liberty championed by Mr. Paine's writing, warms the soul and is timeless.
"I can't imagine why I didn't like history as a child. This was awesome!"
This audiobook was an excellent way of getting to know a bit more about Thomas Paine before going to visit the cottage and museum. I found his thoughts very interesting indeed. It made we wonder why I didn't enjoy history more as a child when it seems so appealing to me now.
This book was one of the foundation and fundamental influences on America entering into the Revolutionary war. Read it and understand the mindset of the time and how we should possibly should view things now.
"The present state of America is truly alarming to every man who is capable of reflexion".
Still applies today in 2016!
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