- Author: Thomas Paine (1737-1809)
- Title: Common Sense
- Published: 1776
- Trivia: List of Challenges 2017
What is Common Sense?
- The pamphlet came into circulation in January 1776
- ….after the Revolution had started.
- Common Sense spurred most states, cities, towns and counties to write
- …their own Declarations in the spring of 1776.
- Common Sense is regarded as one of the founding documents of the United States.
- Thomas Paine became one of the most celebrated patriot writers in US history.
- I wanted to continue reading the histories list.
- An audio book is the best option to ‘read’ Thomas Paine’s Common Sense.
- This book is not easy listening at the beginning
- .…but gets better!
- Paine’s style is of his day and age and seems strange to the 21st C reader.
- I listened and tried to find the ‘essence’ of Paine’s message.
- That means letting many curlicue phrases drift from ear to ear
- but drawing out the essence of the book.
- Paine begins his book with the need for government, the farce that is monarchy,
- the folly of heredity right and the deplorable English Constitution.
- These chapters were good but not great.
- I was glad to discover Paine shines in the next selections.
- Paine’s thoughts on the American situation are excellent!
- Paine emphasizes that he writes only…
- plains facts, arguments and common sense.
- While reading I wondered if we could use more to this in the
- …present US administration and less fake news.