Common Sense

Common Sense Description:

Throughout history some books have changed the world They have transformed the way we see ourselves and each other They have inspired debate dissent war and revolution They have enlightened outraged provoked and comforted They have enriched lives and destroyed them br br Published anonymously in six months before the Declaration of Independence Thomas Paine s Common Sense was a radical and impassioned call for America to free itself from British rule and set up an independent republican government br Savagely attacking hereditary kingship and aristocratic institutions Paine urged a new beginning for his adopted country in which personal freedom and social equality would be upheld and economic and cultural progress encouraged br br His pamphlet was the first to speak directly to a mass audience it went through fifty six editions within a year of publication and its assertive and often caustic style both embodied the democratic spirit he advocated and converted thousands of citizens to the cause of American independence

Rating: 3.42 out of 5

Common Sense, The Rights of Man and Other Essential Writings

Common Sense, The Rights of Man and Other Essential Writings Description:

Published anonymously in six months before the Declaration of Independence Paine s Common Sense was a radical and impassioned call for America to free itself from British rule and set up an independent republican government Savagely attacking hereditary kingship and aristocratic institutions Paine urged a new beginning for his adopted country in which personal freedom and social equality would be upheld and economic and cultural progress encouraged His pamphlet was the first to speak directly to a mass audience it went through fifty six editions within a year of publication and its assertive and often caustic style both embodied the democratic spirit he advocated and converted thousands of citizens to the cause of American independence

Rating: 3.46 out of 5

Common Sense and Other Writings

Common Sense and Other Writings Description:

Introduction and Notes by Joyce Appleby br br Though he didn t emigrate from England to the colonies until just a few months before the Revolutionary War began Thomas Paine had an enormous impact on that war amp the new nation that emerged from it i Common Sense i the instantly popular pamphlet he published in January argued that the goal of the struggle against the British should be not simply tax reform as many were calling for but complete independence His rousing radical voice was balanced by the equally independence minded but more measured tones of Thomas Jefferson who wrote the Declaration of Independence later that year br br In later works such as i The Rights of Man i i The Age of Reason i amp other selections included in this volume he proved himself a visionary moralist centuries ahead of his time He believed that every human has the natural right to life s necessities amp that government s role should be to provide for those in dire need An impassioned opponent of all forms of slavery he understood that no one in poverty is truly free a lesson still to be learned by many of our leaders today

Rating: 3.69 out of 5

Rights of Man

Rights of Man Description:

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Rating: 3.47 out of 5

The Age of Reason

The Age of Reason Description:

i The Age of Reason i represents the results of years of study and reflection by Thomas Paine on the place of religion in society br p Paine wrote Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind tyranny in religion is the worst every other species of tyranny is limited to the world we live in but this attempts to stride beyond the grave and seeks to pursue us into eternity br p p The cool rationale of Paine s i The Age of Reason i influenced religious thinking throughout the world and its pervasieve influence continues to the present day p

Rating: 3.78 out of 5

Collected Writings: Common Sense/The Crisis/Rights of Man/The Age of Reason/Pamphlets/Articles & Letters

Collected Writings: Common Sense/The Crisis/Rights of Man/The Age of Reason/Pamphlets/Articles & Letters Description:

I know not whether any man in the world wrote John Adams in has had more influence on its inhabitants or affairs for the last thirty years than Tom Paine The impassioned democratic voice of the Age of Revolution Paine wrote for his mass audience with vigor clarity and common sense This Library of America volume is the first major new edition of his work in years and the most comprehensive single volume collection of his writings available Emphasizing Paine s American career it brings together his best known works Common Sense The American Crisis Rights of Man The Age of Reason along with scores of letters articles and pamphlets br br Paine came to America in at age after a life of obscurity and failure in England Within fourteen months he published Common Sense the most influential pamphlet for the American Revolution and began a career that would see him prosecuted in England imprisoned and nearly executed in France and hailed and reviled in the American nation he helped create In Common Sense Paine set forth an inspiring vision of an independent America as an asylum for freedom and an example of popular self government in a world oppressed by despotism and hereditary privilege The American Crisis begun during the times that try men s souls in is a masterpiece of popular pamphleteering in which Paine vividly reports current developments taunts and ridicules British adversaries and enjoins his readers to remember the immense stakes of their struggle Among the many other items included in the volume are the combative Forester letters written in a reply to a Tory critic of Common Sense and several pieces concerning the French Revolution including an incisive argument against executing Louis XVI br br Rights of Man written in response to Edmund Burke s attacks on the French Revolution is a bold vision of an egalitarian society founded on natural rights and unbound by tradition Paine s detailed proposal for government assistance to the poor inspired generations of subsequent radicals and reformers br br The Age of Reason Paine s most controversial work is an unrestrained assault on the authority of the Bible and a fervent defense of the benevolent God of deism br br Included in this volume are a detailed chronology of Paine s life informative notes an essay on the complex printing history of Paine s work and an index br br Eric Foner volume editor is DeWitt Clinton Professor of American History at Columbia University He is the author of numerous books including Tom Paine and Revolutionary America and Reconstruction America s Unfinished Revolution br br The library of America is dedicated to publishing America s best and most significant writing in handsome enduring volumes featuring authoritative texts Hailed as the finest looking longest lasting editions ever made The New Republic Library of America volumes make a fine gift for any occasion Now with exactly one hundred volumes to choose from there is a perfect gift for everyone

Rating: 3.71 out of 5

Rights of Man, Common Sense and Other Political Writings

Rights of Man, Common Sense and Other Political Writings Description:

Thomas Paine was the first international revolutionary His Common Sense was the most widely read pamphlet of the American Revolution and his Rights of Man the most famous defense of the French Revolution sent out a clarion call for revolution throughout the world Paine paid the price for his principles he was outlawed in Britain narrowly escaped execution in France and was vilified as an atheist and a Jacobin on his return to America br This new edition contains the complete texts of both Rights of Man and Common Sense as well as six other powerfully political writings American Crisis I American Crisis XIII Agrarian Justice Letter to Jefferson Letter Addressed to the Addressers on the Late Proclamation and Dissertation on the First Principles of Government all of which illustrate why Paine s ideas still resonate in the modern welfare states of today

Rating: 3.70 out of 5

The Crisis

The Crisis Description:

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Rating: 3.66 out of 5

The Writings of Thomas Paine 1 1774-79

The Writings of Thomas Paine 1 1774-79 Description:

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Rating: 3.74 out of 5

Rights of Man and Common Sense

Rights of Man and Common Sense Description:

br br The authorities in power in England during Thomas Paine s lifetime saw him as an agent provocateur who used his seditious eloquence to support the emancipation of slaves and women the demands of working people and the rebels of the French and American Revolutions History on the other hand has come to regard him as the figure who gave political cogency to the liberating ideas of the Enlightenment His great pamphlets i Rights of Man i and i Common Sense i are now recognized for what they are classic arguments in defense of the individual s right to assert his or her freedom in the face of tyranny br br Book Jacket Status Jacketed br br

Rating: 3.34 out of 5