Common Sense

Common Sense

Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves—and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives—and destroyed them.

Published anonymously in 1776, six months before the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine’s Common Sense was a radical and impassioned call for America to free itself from British rule and set up an independent republican government.
Savagely attacking hereditary kingship and aristocratic institutions, Paine urged a new beginning for his adopted country in which personal freedom and social equality would be upheld and economic and cultural progress encouraged. 

His pamphlet was the first to speak directly to a mass audience—it went through fifty-six editions within a year of publication—and its assertive and often caustic style both embodied the democratic spirit he advocated, and converted thousands of citizens to the cause of American independence.

Title:Common Sense
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780143036258
Format Type:

    Common Sense Reviews

  • Angela Blount

    "Time makes more converts than reason." – Thomas Paine And with that early quote, this reader steadily became enthralled with a founding father. I sincerely wish this novella-sized essay had been r...

  • Mia (Parentheses Enthusiast)

    NO. NO. NO. NOOOOO. NOPE.DRY. DRIER THAN AN ANCIENT RAISIN IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ATACAMA DESERT*. DRY AND BORING AS FUCK.*Driest desert in the world, located in South America just West of the Andes. Av...

  • Iris P

    In observance of Independence Day I decided to read something to help me widen my knowledge on the history of the American Revolution.Common Sense is 48 page pamphlet written by Thomas Paine, but publ...

  • Stephen

    4.5 stars. Scathing, derogatory rhetoric directed at the King of England in particular and the British in general designed to arouse the "passions" of the American colonists to embrace the idea of ind...

  • Sara

    I feel a bit ashamed that this is the first time that I have read Common Sense in its entirety. It is a piece of American history that deserves our attention and respect. It is easy to see why it affe...

  • Ivie

    That's right peeps, I finally read a classic book. I know, I can't believe it either.This is not any classic book. This is a burn book. In comes Mr. Paine, ready to school everyone on common sense. An...

  • Els

    That was a wonderful ride. And yes, I tried to resist using this gif. (especially since the line itself isn't historically accurate- Thomas Paine published his world-changing pamphlet anonymously.) De...

  • Paula W

    Most Americans have at least a general knowledge of the events that sparked the American Revolution. Long story short (and super simplified) — British Parliament passed the Tea Act in mid 1773 allow...

  • Yara (The Narratologist)

    I’ve been reading “Common Sense” by Thomas Paine So men say that I’m intense or I’m insane You want a revolution? I want a revelation! So listen to my declaration: “We hold these truths t...

  • M.C.

    Known to some as a precursor to the Declaration of Independence, Common Sense by Thomas Paine may actually serve as evidence of the blinding effects of fervent patriotism. Paine masterly grasped the a...