Common Sense – Thomas Paine

I was very excited when the new and revamped edition came out of Thomas Paine’s COMMON SENSE. Not only is it a great cover, but I really enjoyed rereading this one! It was like going back into my Political Science classes and my History classes – high school and college. This is something that everyone should read in school at some point (it was a required one in my US Government class in high school).

 

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My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!

“Without the pen of the author of COMMON SENSE, the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain.” – John Adams

With this book, Thomas Paine was able to generate the support from the colony for the armed rebellion. He argued this with common sense to argue for the idea of colonial independence and to make the American experiment their reality. Little did he know, this would later become a vital piece in the American Revolution.

Originally published in 1776, this was a key element in the rebellion against King George III – he questioned the authority that Great Britain had over the American colonies. The rest is, as they say, history.

Now, I know this will never be for everyone. History, and political history at that, are incredibly dry and boring for a good chunk of people. Which I completely understand. This contains the original text, and spellings, from his first published pamphlet. That can take some getting used to, and the language used. This edition also included some information about Paine himself. If you are in the category of hating history books and political anything, then move along from this book!

Fun fact for those of you that love musicals – this is prominently featured in Hamilton! The synopsis on Goodreads says it best –  “Outlining the revolutionary roots of our nation’s founding, Common Sense is essential reading for Americans of all stripes who, like their forefathers, find themselves in times that try their souls, and are now discovering their own rebellious spirit.”

Thank you to William Morrow for a copy of this beautiful new edition in exchange for my honest review.

 

–Jess

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