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Common Sense [Kindle Edition]

Thomas Paine
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"These are the times that try men's souls," begins Thomas Paine's first Crisis paper, the impassioned pamphlet that helped ignite the American Revolution. Published in Philadelphia in January of 1776, Common Sense sold 150,000 copies almost immediately. A powerful piece of propaganda, it attacked the idea of a hereditary monarchy, dismissed the chance for reconciliation with England, and outlined the economic benefits of independence while espousing equality of rights among citizens. Paine fanned a flame that was already burning, but many historians argue that his work unified dissenting voices and persuaded patriots that the American Revolution was not only necessary, but an epochal step in world history.

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"Edward Larkin's new edition of Common Sense will be welcomed by readers. With a lively and detailed introduction, thorough scholarly notes, and a representative selection of the contemporaneous responses it provoked, this should become the definitive new edition of Paine's classic tract." (Richard Boyd )

"The big problem with Paine is that current readers have trouble seeing why his ideas did not seem so common-sensical to eighteenth-century people. Larkin addresses this problem with supplementary texts that focus on the debate over independence in America; along with his interesting and approachable introduction, the combination makes for the best edition of Paine's Common Sense available." (Daniel Vickers )

"There are many fine editions of this indispensable American text. But this one is richer and more rewarding than the others. It invites readers to encounter Common Sense in the fullness of its historical setting. And as it does, it makes plain how utterly Tom Paine towered above all other Revolutionary writers." (Michael W. Zuckerman )

"Edward Larkin's new edition of Tom Paine's Common Sense will be a boon to teachers and students. It thoughtfully contextualizes Paine's pamphlet while highlighting the singularity of his voice. Most importantly, it will aid students in placing Common Sense in that absolutely central eighteenth-century culture war: the beginning of the unfinished argument over modern democracy." (Michael Meranze ) --Michael Meranze

"Edward Larkin's new edition of Common Sense will be welcomed by readers. With a lively and detailed introduction, thorough scholarly notes, and a representative selection of the contemporaneous responses it provoked, this should become the definitive new edition of Paine's classic tract." (Richard Boyd )

"The big problem with Paine is that current readers have trouble seeing why his ideas did not seem so common-sensical to eighteenth-century people. Larkin addresses this problem with supplementary texts that focus on the debate over independence in America; along with his interesting and approachable introduction, the combination makes for the best edition of Paine's Common Sense available." (Daniel Vickers )

"There are many fine editions of this indispensable American text. But this one is richer and more rewarding than the others. It invites readers to encounter Common Sense in the fullness of its historical setting. And as it does, it makes plain how utterly Tom Paine towered above all other Revolutionary writers." (Michael W. Zuckerman )

"Edward Larkin's new edition of Tom Paine's Common Sense will be a boon to teachers and students. It thoughtfully contextualizes Paine's pamphlet while highlighting the singularity of his voice. Most importantly, it will aid students in placing Common Sense in that absolutely central eighteenth-century culture war: the beginning of the unfinished argument over modern democracy." (Michael Meranze ) --Michael Meranze

"Edward Larkin's new edition of Common Sense will be welcomed by readers. With a lively and detailed introduction, thorough scholarly notes, and a representative selection of the contemporaneous responses it provoked, this should become the definitive new edition of Paine's classic tract." (Richard Boyd )

"The big problem with Paine is that current readers have trouble seeing why his ideas did not seem so common-sensical to eighteenth-century people. Larkin addresses this problem with supplementary texts that focus on the debate over independence in America; along with his interesting and approachable introduction, the combination makes for the best edition of Paine's Common Sense available." (Daniel Vickers )

"There are many fine editions of this indispensable American text. But this one is richer and more rewarding than the others. It invites readers to encounter Common Sense in the fullness of its historical setting. And as it does, it makes plain how utterly Tom Paine towered above all other Revolutionary writers." (Michael W. Zuckerman )

"Edward Larkin's new edition of Tom Paine's Common Sense will be a boon to teachers and students. It thoughtfully contextualizes Paine's pamphlet while highlighting the singularity of his voice. Most importantly, it will aid students in placing Common Sense in that absolutely central eighteenth-century culture war: the beginning of the unfinished argument over modern democracy." (Michael Meranze ) --Michael Meranze

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  • File Size: 119 KB
  • Print Length: 94 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456392255
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0082QU5R2
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the feint of literature... April 21, 2014
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A good read for anyone who can keep up with 1700's dialogue. It wasn't exactly what I expected, but once I read it I realized why it is not on the 'required reading' list for our public high school history or English classes. If everyone would read this book they would realize that our current government in the United States has lapsed into the same problems and issues that caused our forefathers to rise up against the British government in the first place! What a revolution that would be...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense January 12, 2014
By Naomi
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If you are wondering about being an American and what we stand for. This book helps cement those commonalities that were once prevalent in American but which are fast fading into our multiculturalism and political correctness we now foster. Great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The voice of the revolution October 13, 2013
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R reading this brings a certain sense of the urgency the US has in declaring independence. No other book can illustrate better the desperation of the colonies nor the cruelty of English parliament in that era. A beautiful read for anybody interested in English or American history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The common sense of Thomas Paine September 9, 2013
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I gave this book 5 stars because Thomas Paine successfully argued the importance of independence and freedom for mankind. I would recommend this book to young and old alike. It is never too early or too late to learn the value of independent freedom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much I did not know November 25, 2013
By AZSusan
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This version is thorough and complete. . . More than I expected from general history books. Thanks for this version.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good November 13, 2013
By RuMar
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Very interesting I really enjoyed it I suggest it to anyone who likes American history you will really enjoy this
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3.0 out of 5 stars Classic August 14, 2013
By Wayne
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Wordy but classic expression of thoughts in revolutionary era. Consider it an exercise in US history and the thinking of the period.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense May 5, 2013
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One of the truly historic writings that contributed to the independence movement that ultimately resulted in creation of the United States of America. This is thought-provoking reading that requires some knowledge of American history and sociological knowledge of the time period in order to fully grasp the impact this book had.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Got to read this for yourself.
Published 3 days ago by Neal A. Barncard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A book that every true American should read again and again!
Published 7 days ago by J. Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone ought to read Common Sense
Everyone ought to read "Common Sense." Simply replace all
references to the Crown with our own central government. The
parallels are striking!
Published 2 months ago by Norm
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Read
Excellent read and amazingly relevant to today. Gives a comprehensive picture of the global environment of the times and the factors affecting the timing of the revolution.
Published 3 months ago by C. Harris
1.0 out of 5 stars Common sense
That is what I .lost when i dove into the "Kindle Experience". It has been nothing but trouble from day one, and I'd give my kindle away, but I don't know how to get my... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Melinna C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Required reading for all Americans
Over time, America has begun to lose itself. We're forgetting where we came from and what the country was built on. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars great book, everyone should read!! recommend it highly.
great historical book great book, everyone should read!! recommend it highly. get it on kindle for pc free!! love it
Published 7 months ago by john hancock
5.0 out of 5 stars Common Sense - a lost virtue
It was free on kindle, I have not had chance to review it but after Christmas I will have more time.
Published 7 months ago by Cheryl Zeun
5.0 out of 5 stars Every Young person should have to read this
Every young person should be rewuired to read this. IT is history and applies to today. If I had children, they would be reading this.
Published 8 months ago by Jim
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