Saturday, February 29, 2020

The Daily Thomas Paine: A Year of Common-Sense Quotes for a Nonsensical Age

The Daily Thomas Paine is exactly as stated, a year's worth of quotes and observations from founding father and rationalist Thomas Paine. Due out 8th March 2020 from the University of Chicago Press, it's 176 pages and will be available in paperback format.

The book contains a lengthy foreword by Edward Gray with some chilling observations and comparisons between Paine's time and the embattled political landscape in the USA. Paine's stirring and no-nonsense observations are more relevant today than ever.

This is a good (if niche) read and I enjoyed both sampling a quote per day and reading large chunks of the quotes at a time. The quotes themselves were often choppy and taken out of the larger context. This would be a good source for readers to find interesting excerpts to follow up in the original contexts later, however.

This would be a good fit for students of history, philosophy, politics, current events or anyone concerned with the current political climate in the USA.

Four stars.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes

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