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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) Paperback – November 7, 2007

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (November 7, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605060305
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605060309
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,723 in Books (See Top 100 in 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bill Miller on January 31, 2010
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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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By BX on November 17, 2010
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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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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. Ash on February 26, 2009
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark on January 16, 2012
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Amazon came through with flying colors as I was hoping to have the book in time for a Christmas gift. The book was out of stock, but came in stock a the last minute. Amazon shipped it overnight at no extra charge. Great job!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By HAROLD VAN WINKLE on November 6, 2010
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While the collection is large, I was very disappointed to find the Publisher's Preface to be a cut and paste from wikipedia. I expected something more scholarly and since such little effort was put into the preface, I have to wonder how much thought went into putting together the collected works. Perhaps I should have checked wikipedia first instead of paying the publisher for the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David W. Crispin on August 25, 2013
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It is amazing how much the English language has changed since colonial times. the differences make it almost impossible to understand. this should be read so that we don't forget the history that brought us to where we are now. A commentary would be nice to help us understand what was intended by the author
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By FLA48 on January 7, 2013
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It is exactly what I was looking for. The book is as advertised. It is a must read for every American.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TB on June 30, 2012
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Thomas Pain is one of the most quoted political authors in history (after Thomas Jefferson). His ability for getting things factual, logical, and sensible is such a relief from the political blather you hear today. His ideas are well thought out and researched. His ideas are as true today as they were when he wrote them 200 years ago. It is a timeless work and should be on the shelf of everyone who is interested in politics, life, religion, or common sense.
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