Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Common Sense and Other Writings or When Character Was King

Common Sense and Other Writings (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Author: Thomas Pain

Common Sense and Other Writings, by Thomas Paine, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics:

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    Though he did not emigrate from England to the American colonies until 1774, just a few months before the Revolutionary War began, Thomas Paine had an enormous impact on that war and the new nation that emerged from it. Common Sense, the instantly popular pamphlet he published in January 1776, argued that the goal of the struggle against theBritish should be not simply tax reform, as many were calling for, but complete independence. His rousing, radical voice was balanced by the equally independence-minded but more measured tones of Thomas Jefferson, who wrote the Declaration of Independence later that year.

    In later works, such as The Rights of Man, The Age of Reason, and other selections included in this volume, Paine proved himself a visionary moralist centuries ahead of his time. He believed that every human has the natural right to life's necessities and that government's role should be to provide for those in dire need. An impassioned opponent of all forms of slavery, he understood that no one in poverty is truly free, a lesson still to be learned by many of our leaders today.

    Joyce Appleby, Professor Emerita at the University of California, Los Angeles, has followed the trajectory of American nation-building in her books Capitalism and a New Social Order: The Republican Vision of the 1790s, Inheriting the Revolution: The First Generation of Americans, Thomas Jefferson, and A Restless Past: History and the American Public.

    Read also

    When Character Was King: A Story of Ronald Reagan

    Author: Peggy Noonan

    No one has ever captured Ronald Reagan like Peggy Noonan. In When Character Was King, Noonan brings her own reflections on Reagan to bear as well as new stories - from Presidents George W. Bush and his father, George H. W. Bush, his Secret Service men and White House colleagues, his wife, his daughter Patti Davis, and his close friends - to reveal the true nature of a man even his opponents now view as a maker of big history. Marked by incisive wit and elegant prose, When Character Was King will both enlighten and move readers. It may well be the last word on Ronald Reagan, not only as a leader but as a man.

    Table of Contents:
    "I Remember You"1
    All Presidents Come from Something17
    Movie Star31
    And Here He Becomes the Man He Was54
    "Honey, Roy Rogers Is Here"79
    The Ranch103
    Everything Changes119
    The Things They Carried135
    Executive Mansion160
    Grace Under Pressure167
    "Funny How History Works"182
    The Power of Truth196
    Tough Choices215
    Rosty, Rush, Reagan240
    Strong Women254
    Big Trouble263
    Big Triumph280
    Dubya Was Watching299
    The Old Man of St. CloudRoad311

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