Written By: Thomas Paine

Narrated By: Travis Burton

Date: June 2020

Duration: 1 hours 38 minutes

Summary:

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Common Sense is the timeless classic that inspired the Thirteen Colonies to fight for and declare their independence from Great Britain in the summer of 1776. Written by famed political theorist Thomas Paine, this pamphlet boldly challenged the authority of the British government and the royal monarchy to rule over the American colonists.
By using plain language and a reasoned style, Paine chose to forego the philosophical and Latin references made popular by the Enlightenment era writers. As a result, Paine united average citizens and political leaders behind the central idea of independence and transformed the tenor of the colonists’ argument against the British. As the best-selling American title of all time, Common Sense has been eloquently described by historian Gordon S. Wood as 'the most incendiary and popular pamphlet of the entire revolutionary era.'
Thomas Paine (1737–1809) was an English-American political activist, philosopher, and revolutionary. As one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he authored the most influential pamphlets at the start of the American Revolution and inspired the colonists to declare independence from Great Britain in 1776. His ideas reflected the Enlightenment-era rhetoric of transnational human rights and the separation of church and state. He has been called a corset-maker by trade, a journalist by profession, and a propagandist by inclination.
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  • Trevor F.

    A Very informative piece of literature and quenchable reprieve from the flawed opposition to what could be a yet great Republic.

  • Thomas L.

    Really good. must listen. it's amazing how times it is. it could have been written last week.

  • Richard J.

    A fantastic look into the ideas and arguments being portrayed during the founding of the United States of America.

  • Prince O.

    Should be read by every American and understood in context. Alone, the speech is dated and monotonous, but realize that this was written months before the Declaration of Independence and shares the same language.

  • Phillip K.

    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 to listen.

  • Oliver C.

    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.

  • Natasha K.

    Common Sense shows you what freedom is and was, and today it is null and void. I cannot even recommend this book unless you want to understand what freedom actually once meant to the colonists.

  • Michael P.

    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.

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