Thomas Paine published Common Sense in 1776, a time when America was a hotbed of revolution. The pamphlet, which called for America's political freedom, sold more than 150,000 copies in three months. Paine not only spurred his fellow Americans to action but soon came to symbolize the spirit of the Revolution itself. His persuasive pieces, written so elegantly, spoke to the hearts and minds of all those fighting for freedom from England.
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“No writer has exceeded Paine in ease and familiarity of style; in perspicuity of expression, happiness of elucidation, and in simple unassuming language.” (Thomas Jefferson)
It's like taking a peek into the hearts and minds of the American revolution. Profoundly interesting, even for a mildly history interested European like myself.
It surprised me that I didn't have much trouble following the narrative even though it's in 1700s English and I'm not a native speaker.
Paine's use of religious references to underline some of his point. Surprisingly many.
I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
Enormously popular and widely read propaganda pamphlet, published in 1776, clearly and persuasively argues for American separation from Great Britain and paves the way for the Declaration of Independence. Eloquent, persuasive and incendiary. I can see why this pamphlet was so influential. A must read for every American!
Lawyer, reader, writer, performer. Just love listening to books and talking about it!
This was surprisingly easy to "read," and very interesting from this side of history. Hard to imagine even the need for this, but definite reminder of why America needed to do as she did. Glad I took the time. Do you know what Paine argued made sense for the colonists, what the argument was really about? Listen and find out.
I've listened to it many times now and have marveled at the bravery and foresight of Thomas Paine. It is also well narrated and gives you the feel of a colonial era debate tournament.
Timeless, informative, altruistic
Thomas Paine's Common Sense is a timeless classic that I like to refresh myself with at least once a year. The narrator did a fantastic job in conveying Paine's meaningful message of what has driven our country throughout history. At 2 hour, listening to Common Sense is a great way to refresh yourself with the foundations of our country.
I'm glad I listened because this is an important part of history, but this was a serious struggle to get through. I kept putting it on the back burner, listening to a different story and coming back to it. I can understand that this was revolutionary at the time it was written, but it just didn't keep me engaged.
Well presented insights into an important piece of American history, as well as an interesting view on the pitfalls of monarchy or an impenetrable ruling class.
I've read excerpts of Common Sense in many history classes but feel a little foolish that I've never taken the time to actually read it before now. This book lays out the fundamental reasons why the American Revolution needed to take place and was truly pivotal to American history. This should be required reading for every American citizen.
Brilliant, and even more needed today than in 1776. Should be required reading for every school child, teacher, and elected official. Eventually, even journalists should read it, or at least have someone read it to them.
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