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. If you ask me, it wasn't necessary in the book at all. All that did was confused the hell outta me. Cause by then, I wouldn't know who's talking about the subject. What they should have done, if they were going to pull that $%#*, was instead of using those  what they could have done was have the editor color-coat his text in a paragraph, so that way you'll know who it is. Only the editor will use colored text. That would have been a hell-of-a-lot better, and easier.
But I'd recommend Common Sense, An essay on a dream, (shortest out of all the chapters, only 2 pages) Biblical Blasphemy and Examination of the Prophecies.
The essay, Blasphemy and the Prophecies, he utterly obliterates the bible with logic, by going through the books of Mathew, Mark, Luke and John. And he even proves that Jesus was a invented character.
The book was great, well written, thought out and laid out. But he still held out for hope. He still thought that after once we die, we will exist after our own demise, and face our creator. To me, as an atheist, I won't get my hopes up. Throughout all my life, it's been nothing more to me but one disappointment after another, why should death be any different? So I learned the hard way never to get your hopes up. I'd give this guy four and a half stars if I could. But sense he still held out for false hope, I just can't bring myself to give him that last star.
And to give you a taste on what you're going to get once you've bought this book. I leave you with a nice juicy paraphrased/paragraph for you mind to chew on.
"Without degrading my own reason by bringing those wretched, contemptible tales into a comparative view, I will confine myself to say that if we compare them with the divine and forcible sentiments of Cicero, the result will be the human mind has degenerated by believing in them. Man, is stuck in a state of groveling superstition from which he has not the courage to rise above it." - Thomas Paine.