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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,900 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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Thomas Paine was an excellent composer of literature. This was a man that was a deep thinker like me. He states that he is a believer in a god, but not the Judeo-Christian God. He believes in his very own ethical god, like what most people kinda already do. The only difference is, that most idiots out there think that the god of ethics IS the Judeo-Christian god. When in fact, they have no clue as to what it actually says in there own bible that they defend so tirelessly, but never even bother to so much as to open it up.

As I went throughout this book, I used up 2 highlighters by doing so. There were so many paragraphs in there, that I couldn't stop agreeing with.

The Rights of Man and the Age of Reason, are the 2 out of the bunch that take up about two thirds of the book.
The Rights of Man was so... long. It was more about in his currant time, about showing the differences of cultures between England, France and America, and the variances of your rights in between those countries. But it was mostly more about this grudge between Thomas and a guy named Mr. Burke. Thomas keeps on bringing this guy up and dumping all kinda of crap on him in just about every page. What they should have named this chapter, The buffoonery of Mr. Burke, sense he talks about him so damn much. Not that I'm defending this Burke guy, but, he must have done some real stupid $*&# in his time. Imagine what Thomas would think of people of today...

The Age of Reason was the longest out of all of them, but it had some good points in the making. But for the most part, throughout the entire book, was filled with both the Author's and Editor's commentaries by using these [] types of brackets, to clarify on what Thomas was referring too, or what he was talking about.
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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 wish I had read this collection in my teens or 20s instead of waiting until my 40s. While Paine's logic isn't always perfect, it was amazing for his time, especially on the topics of religion. You have to admire the courage it required to write some of the incendiary things he wrote, in a time when people were still being put to death in western nations, just for writing books. The freedom of speech that we enjoy today is due in large part to men like Paine, who risked their lives for it. The language is, of course, quite outdated, but the ideas are not.
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