Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Common Sense (Great Ideas) by Thomas Paine

5 of 5 stars  *****

The style of writing is cumbersome to me in the beginning but soon I am accustom to the prose and experience the power of Paine's influence. The author is well-read and makes a convincing argument for defeating Great Britain, setting up a government that avoids tyranny, and mentions a Declaration of Independence three months before such a document becomes reality. Paine points out the strengths of America as being a young, distressed, and remote colony who has access to a wealth of resources by the pioneering spirit of a courageous people. The window of opportunity to build a new, better nation is compelling. I can feel the sway Thomas Paine has over the reader as he encourages men and women to fight for what is right, freedom and liberty, rather than submit to slavery under tyrants.