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Thomas Paine Collection: Common Sense, Rights of Man, Age of Reason, An Essay on Dream, Biblical Blasphemy, Examination Of The Prophecies (Forgotten Books)

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"Thomas Paine... was a pamphleteer, revolutionary, radical, liberal and intellectual. Born in Great Britain, he lived in America, having migrated to the American colonies just in time to take part in the American Revolution, mainly as the author of the powerful, widely read pamphlet, Common Sense (1776), advocating independence for the American Colonies from the Kingdom of Great Britain and of The American Crisis, supporting the Revolution.

Later, Paine was a great influence on the French Revolution. He wrote the Rights of Man (1791) as a guide to the ideas of the Enlightenment. Despite an inability to speak French, he was elected to the French National Assembly in 1792. Regarded as an ally of the Girondists, he was seen with increasing disfavour by the Montagnards and in particular by Robespierre.

Paine was arrested in Paris and imprisoned in December 1793; he was released in 1794. He became notorious with his book, The Age of Reason (1793-94), which advocated deism and took issue with Christian doctrines. While in France, he also wrote a pamphlet titled Agrarian Justice (1795), which discussed the origins of property and introduced a concept that is similar to a guaranteed minimum income.

Paine remained in France during the early Napoleonic Era, but condemned Napoleon's moves towards dictatorship, calling him "the completest charlatan that ever existed."[1] Paine remained in France until 1802, when he returned to America on an invitation from Thomas Jefferson, who had been elected president.

Paine died at 59 Grove Street in Greenwich Village, New York City, on the morning of June 8, 1809." (Quote from wikipedia.org)
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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (November 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605060305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605060309
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Incredible insight from so long ago. Thomas Paine wrote without regard to "political correctness" or fear of reprisal apparently. This collection of his
thoughts should be a must read for anyone who is interested in social and religious issues. It's as timely today as it was in the 1700s.
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Just finished Common Sense. Great insight to the time preceeding the American Revolution. Rating strictly on the writings of Thomas Paine - 5 stars.
The introduction of the book is a copy and paste from wikipedia.org and it sites the source as such. On the title page it also says that all the books they offer can be read for free on line at the publishers website. If I could go back I would read the works online instead of paying for this book.
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I needed "Common Sense" and "The Age of Reason", and noted that this book had both of them. However, after purchasing this book, I realized that it did not have "The Age of Reason", but instead had a collection of letters called "The American Crisis".
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I recently purchased this book. It does NOT contain THE AGE OF REASON, despite what it says on the cover, it contains THE CRISIS instead. Don't believe me? Look at the table of contents, I wish I had, but who knew CLASSICBOOKSAMERICA was so irresponsable.
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I bought this book as I wanted to read Paine's "Age of Reason" a stated on the cover, but this book does not have it regardless of what is on the cover.

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This is a good read for anyone wanting to understand the state of mind at the time of the revolution and also anyone just interested in the ideas of Thomas Paine. He has a logical method of deduction that leads to his conclusions that is hard to argue with and enlightening to comprehend.
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I was happy to find "Age of Reason" and "Common Sense" in a single volume but, although the very title says it has "Age of Reason" it does not.
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I purchased this book for "Age of Reason". The cover states it's in the book, but amazingly, it's not.
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