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Common Sense, Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine (edition 2003)

by Thomas Paine

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Title:Common Sense, Rights of Man, and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine
Authors:Thomas Paine
Info:Signet (2003), Edition: Later printing, Paperback
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Common Sense, The Rights of Man and Other Essential Writings of Thomas Paine by Thomas Paine

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An excellent book. The foundations of the American political structure and two hundred years later a call to come back to basics. A call to expose how America is edging closer to ALL things that it set out NOT to be. More than a voice of the past but a herald, like a prophet in the desert, saying"You have strayed away from something that was so clearly laid out for you, Come back." Come back NOT to a system of the wealthiest man or woman dominates the poor but one where ALL MEN AND WOMEN are equal in the eyes of the law and are allowed to seek out what it is that makes them happy and prosperous.Come back not to a time where one set of religious moralities dominates outside of said religious institutions but one where one is FREE to practice their own religion WITHOUT fear that another religious code would be made lawCome back to a time where Kings, Queens, Generals, members of a Aristocracy or Corporation did not and could not Rule over the lives of the common man and give cause and make law for doing so.When you read through you might think as I did, "Things of 200 years ago are still going on today. Have we made any progress? Yes some here, some there, but when it comes to the basics: If we knew what we were trying to get away from, trying to avoid. Why then is it still here?" ( )
  a1abwriter | Sep 25, 2012 |
  rmgalliher | Dec 31, 2010 |
Required reading - well worth the time - and quite entertaining.
Favorite quote:
"One of the strongest natural proofs of the folly of hereditary right in kings, is, that nature disapproves it, otherwise she would not so frequently turn it into ridicule by giving mankind an ass for a lion."
Another quote, which I find very applicable to current politics:
"Immediate necessity makes many things convenient, which if continued would grow into oppressions. Expedience and right are different things."
It's short, entertaining and very, very good. Read it. Borrow my copy. ( )
1 vote nittnut | Dec 27, 2009 |
Gifted writer. Makes excellent points. A must-read for history students. ( )
  Anagarika | Nov 3, 2009 |
Great book that contains the most famous pamphlets written by Thomas Paine. Paine was one of the greatest men in American History. The ideas of Thomas Paine are the foundation of what America is all about. He provided the basic principles that were later put into the Declaration of Independence. He was the greatest of all our Founding Fathers.
  jrg1263 | Mar 29, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451528891, Mass Market Paperback)

Paine's daring prose paved the way for the Declaration of Independence and the Revolutionary War. This volume also includes "The Crisis," "The Age of Reason," and "Agrarian Justice."

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In January 1776, Thomas Paine published a pamphlet called Common Sense, which electrified the American colonies. Paine demanded freedom from Britain when even fervent patriots were revolting only against excessive taxation. His daring prose spurred passage of the Declaration of Independence. The Crisis, written when Paine was a soldier during the Continental Army's bleakest days, begins with the world-famous line "These are the times that try men's souls." His call for perseverance and fortitude prevented Washington's army from disintegrating. Later, Paine's impassioned defense of the French Revolution, Rights of Man, caused an immediate sensation, but got him into deep trouble with the French ruling classes. Together in one volume, Common Sense, Rights of Man, and major selections from The Crisis, The Age of Reason, and Agrarian Justice represent the key works of one of the world's most eloquent proponents of democracy -- the man who has been justly hailed as the "English Voltaire."… (more)

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