Common Sense, Paine's pro-independence monograph published anonymously on 10 January 1776, spread quickly among literate colonists. Within three months, 120,000 copies are alleged to have been distributed throughout the colonies, which themselves totaled only four million free inhabitants, making it the best-selling work in 18th-century America. Its total sales in both America and Europe reached 500,000 copies. It convinced many colonists, including George Washington and John Adams, to seek redress in political independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and argued strongly against any compromise short of independence. (Wikipedia)(2 hr 2 min)
|Introduction & Preface||3:30||Read by Gary Gilberd|
|Ch. 1 Origin of Government in General||14:06||Read by Gary Gilberd|
|Ch. 2 Monarchy and Hereditary Succession||22:49||Read by Gary Gilberd|
|Ch. 3 Thoughts on the Present State of America pt. 1||21:44||Read by Gary Gilberd|
|Ch. 3 Thoughts on the Present State of America pt. 2||20:38||Read by Gary Gilberd|
|Ch. 4 The Present Ability of America||26:48||Read by Gary Gilberd|
|Appendix||20:43||Read by Gary Gilberd|
Well done. I am very glad to have revisited Thomas Paine's concise pamphlet of arguments for independence. His clarity of thought coupled with his ability to express those arguments logically makes me appreciate the men of the period.
A tome still full of wisdom applicable to today. It also is a good look into the thinking of people at that time, something quite different than is often taught today. It also delivered in easily understandable English with only quotes being in Old English.
A must read
Everyone should read this. Especially Americans.
Roots of America
There are powerful statements in this piece. Not enough people understand how America was intended to function. This gives insight into how politics and government works.
Brilliant narration of a classic
Excellent narration of an American classic. Common Sense, with its integral part in American Revolutionary history, is a fascinating study,
Amazing. Great to have it in audio. Helps to digest the matter m
Well read! A good reminder of what a government should be and what led to the American Revolution.
Well read, interesting
Its interesting, for an outsider, to see what one of American's founders thought they were doing, and what its effect would be. The reading is clear.