My first read of 2019. I‘m giving it a pick because I think it‘s important that we are well versed in our country‘s history - and that includes the racism and sexism of the founding ideas. I don‘t believe the founders or their influencers are beyond reproach- we can appreciate what they did brilliantly, but we must also deal with what they got wrong or we‘ll never move forward.
You have to meet a book where it lives, not where you want it to be. After this was mentioned in several of the presidential biographies I‘d read, I thought I should read it. When I take off my 21st Century glasses and think like someone in the 1700‘s, I understand how this pamphlet reignited (and in some cases ignited) passion for independence from Great Britain. There was a LOT going on in this time period and it was interesting to read this.
This political piece using the appeal of religious zeal and hatred of “the other” is painful to read, though he does make a sound argument to fell the divine right of kings. Also, the morbid irony of his criticism against the so-called “slavery” the British colonists experience under the King‘s rule and William the Conqueror‘s invasion of England “against the consent of the natives...” I really want to smack him with his hypocrisy. @SerialReader
Received this copy of COMMON SENSE by Thomas Paine, originally published in 1776, from Jes Lyons over at @HarperCollins // @WilliamMorrow and I cannot get over how beautiful this cover is 😍
I also cannot get over the fact that the review on the cover is from the Schuyler sisters. Heyyyyy Hamilton reference 👋🏼
#coverlove #book #books #commonsense #thomaspaine #hamilton #hamiltonmusical #schuylersisters #firstpost
Interesting book mail today.
"For myself, I fully and conscientiously believe, that it is the will of the Almighty, that there should be a diversity of religious opinions among us: it affords a larger field for our Christian kindness." -- Thomas Paine, Common Sense
"The reformation was preceded by the discovery of America, as if the Almighty graciously meant to open a sanctuary to the persecuted in future years, when home should afford neither friendship or safety." From Common Sense by Thomas Paine. I wonder whether those in government have read this when they seek to deny people from other countries asylum.
My 100th book of year 2016!
Paine is a product of his time. I think his writings regarding the independence of the US are fascinating, but you do have to put up with some prejudices. I'd still recommend it, however, for those interested in philosophy or US history, or those who are American citizens. 😜 #ReadHarder2016 #bookinpolitics
“A long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right, and raises at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom. But the tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.” - Thomas Paine. I picked up four books from the @penguinbooks “Great Ideas” series at The Abbey Bookshop in Paris last week. I couldn‘t wait to crack the spine on “Common Sense” after discussing it with the owner of the shop.
For all men being originally equals, no one by birth could have the right to set up his own family in perpetual preference to all others forever, and tho' himself might deserve some decent degree of honours of his cotemporaries, yet his descendants might be far too unworthy to inherit them.
The cause of America is in a great measure the cause of all mankind.
Emmy was not pleased I was paying attention to my books rather than her. She likes to snug them, toss them on the floor, then jump in my lap.
After struggling w/an early draft of #BookBingoNW2016 for about 10min in June, I decided Post-Its were the way to go, letting me change my mind & plan ahead. 14 down, 6 IDd/started, & a few more to pick. At least 6 overlaps w/my #2016BookRiotReadHarderChallenge list makes me extra happy! (What's that? Working for a #library system has turned my book-nerdishness up to 11 to the nth power, you say? Well, maybe, but it's not like I had far to go.)