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Although this is an excellent read for a contemporary feeling of the revolutionary generation of Americans it does get repetitive and long winded in parts Several of the Crisis papers are brilliant but others are not Thomas Paine was definitely one of the most passionate and gifted writers of the American Revolution and reading his works are worthwhile to tap into the feeling of the day Good for the historian readers out there. I taught The Crisis for 6 years in my AP Language class This is a wonderful work for preparing students for the AP test and for ACT preparation as it is a non fiction persuasive argument with metaphor allusion, parallelism and historical significance Because of the richness of allusions in the text and allusions to the text, this is a piece any writer or aspiring educated citizen should read Thomas Paine s passion is refreshing in it s zeal, and enlightening to the tone and mood of the era My favorite line is What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly Tis dearness only that gives every thing its value If we are to idealize American values, this sentiment is one I would like at the top The good fight is worth fighting The Crisis is a rousing read, and honestly, I miss reading it yearly I may have to read it again soon. Excellent book for understanding the feelings of Americans as they declared their independence from Great Britain Makes you want to learn than just one side of the issue For those interested in American Revolutionary War history this is a must read. These are the times that try men s souls The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the glorious the triumph What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly Tis dearness only that gives everything its value So begins this classic work by Thomas Paine written between 1776 and 1783 , a piece, dare I say, fiery than Common Sense, in which he defends the American cause against the British in the American Revolutionary War What made the work particularly incendiary to me was the section directed to General William Howe, which begins To argue with a man who has renounced the use and authority of reason, and whose philosophy consists in holding humanity in contempt, is like administering medicine to the dead, or endeavoring to convert an atheist by scripture Enjoy, sir, your insensibility of feeling and reflecting It is the prerogative of animals Ouch In closing, Paine writing here under the pseudonym Common Sense writes that It was the cause of America that made me an author made it impossible for me, feeling as I did, to be silent I have likewise added something to the reputation of literature, by freely and disinterestedly employing it in the great cause of mankind Indeed, often through periods of tumult and struggle, great pieces of beauty emerge to give hope to the people Had it not been for the struggles of America in her early years, we may have never been graced with the works of Tom Paine, the English Voltaire. A large part of the book is about boosting the morale of the country during times when the outcome was uncertain Paine can be intemperate at times I m not surprised that over time he alienated many of his friends so that only 6 people came to his funeral. I wish this was either shorter or smaller The random selections following The Crisis that are provided feel fragmented, and at times I wish there was some historical context provided with the text But Paine is a good writer, very passionate and determined and I found his voice interesting and engaging. In The Crisis, Paine displayed his full power as a propagandist His first Crisis was written in the dark winter of 1776 when the war was going badly for the Colonials, the times that try men s souls, as he put it His call to action in adversity, his sneer at the summer soldier and the sunshine patriot are as stirring now as they certainly were then He stripped his subject of every side issue, every nuance that might encourage wavering or compromise, and focused his reader exclusively on the goal at hand Under Paine s pen, every British victory is shown as an actual setback, every Colonial retreat is a brilliant maneuver to entrap the enemy into spreading itself too thin Even slight Colonial victories like Trenton become huge, earth shattering Nothing the British do can be of any consequence in the end, and ultimate victory is all but assured so long as the Americans will simply keep at it The brilliant thing is, Paine was right The British, far from home and facing a huge, hostile territory, had no chance of ultimate victory so long as the Colonials kept an army in the field As Paine pointed out, only absolute victory would win the war for the British, while all the Americans needed for victory was a draw So ultimately, British arms could not defeat the Americans, but only the despair of the American forces Paine put his pen to work to make sure that his countrymen would not despair The Crisis was not written as a single work, but as a series of sixteen letters variously addressed to the America people, the British public, and various British generals and officials The early ones are the most vigorous and stirring, while several of the latter ones bog down in details of taxation and other issues that have long since ceased to interest any but the serious historian of the period But when you read the best of these, you will understand why John Adams said that without Paine s pen the sword of Washington would have been raised in vain. These are the times that try men s souls Like most Americans, I knew the quote and the source, but not the entirety of Paine s essays and letters from his years serving in the American army under Washington Reading all thirteen of the Crisis series is like looking at the blog of an American Revolutionary War soldier It s angry, it s self justifying, it s personal.Some essays in the Crisis are independent works, written for publication by American printers Others take the forms of letters to General Howe, the British commissioners at New York, and the people of England Paine s essays give a clear, and compelling argument for American independence as well as a running record of his first hand experiences during the losses and victories of Washington s army.Paine s direct and eloquent writing make the essays easy to read for the modern scholar. I know this was a huge propaganda tool I know this is one man s impassioned opinion and that I must take it all with a grain of salt But I just can t help but be pulled in by Paine s persuasions and believe that what he says is the one and only truth What a beautiful wordsmith he was with such awesome lines asWhat we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly Tis dearness only that gives every thing its valueNot to mention his powerful openerThese are the times that try men s souls The summer solider and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of his country but he that stands it NOW, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman Can you imagine how this rallied General Washington s despondent troops Can you imagine the fire it light under un enlisted men to get up and join the fight His last and final pamphlet entitled The Last Crisis is filled with hope for a new world that had pushed the boundaries and declared its freedom It just gives me a sense of pride for my country an imperfect land that has struggled to get things right, but has never stop in its pursuit for liberty and justice for all While reading these passages, I couldn t help but feel gratitude toward those men like Thomas Paine who fought for the place I call home. ^DOWNLOAD EPUB ↭ The Crisis ↞ Popular Book, The Crisis By Thomas Paine This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book The Crisis, Essay By Thomas Paine Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You