Common Sense - Thomas Paine

Common Sense

By Thomas Paine

  • Release Date: 1776-01-01
  • Genre: Politics & Current Events
4 Score: 4 (From 865 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

Common Sense is a pamphlet written by Thomas Paine in 1775 – 76 that inspired people in the Thirteen Colonies to declare and fight for independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. In clear, simple language it explained the advantages of and the need for immediate independence.

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Latest Impressions

  • All free men, and those who aspire to be

    By Colorado Dad
    It will not take you long to read through this book, but it presents a hugely important snapshot of the mindset and readiness of the Americans of the Colonies to become THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Any reader that wants to understand how this nation went from being a subject of a foreign nation to a free and independent republic owes it to themselves to read this short, but extremely relevant narrative.
  • Must read

    By Avi Hoffman
    Incredible. Everyone should read this at least once. Really interesting, gripping, compelling read.
  • Thomas Paine is INSANE!

    By Hilton hotels hotline
    Why does this fool think it would be a good idea to secede from Great Brooklyn? It would be so much more sensible to stay under the King's guiding hand. He hath taken great measures to keep us safe, and it would be horrible to take it for granted. In the words of Samuel Seabury, "Heed not the rabble who scream, 'revolution!', they have not your interest at heart. Chaos and bloodshed are not a solution, don't let them lead you astray."

    By Ralphy Dee
    Thomas Paine was absolutey brilliant in his insight. However, as a patriot of my country as I read this I immediately realized that this pamphlet is now describing our tyrannical AMERICAN Gov’t.
  • Common Sense

    By Knight of the Air
    I can see why this pamphlet was so well received. The reasons for independence were spelled out so clearly and concisely. You couldn't help but take a side for independence.
  • Must;

    By :) .....finer futures
  • Writing style

    By Kbrprs
    I have notice his sentence structure is very rough. I could definitely tell he was using this book to rant his complaints of the ruling government, rather that making it a philosophical or novel like. This book is extremely difficult to digest.
  • Great

    By Jucia21
    A great work that should be required reading in all American History classes!
  • Like it!

    By EhSkyBlue
    I kind if like this so uh... Ket it up
  • Freedom

    By Dinkerspiel
    What a visionary. Truly one of America's first patriots. However the thing I found interesting was Paine's use of religion, the Bible in particular, to make so many of his strongest arguments for independence. Especially after i read his later writing, The Age of Reasoning, in which he went to great lengths to belittle the bible, koran and all other books of "revelation" as mostly fodder.