Summary

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.
Public Domain (P)2011 Gildan Media Corp
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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Johan on 18-05-15

A must for anyone interested in history

What made the experience of listening to Common Sense the most enjoyable?

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.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

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.

What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

Paine's use of religious references to underline some of his point. Surprisingly many.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kaui on 12-07-12

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!

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