Thomas Paine was a political writer who had a great impact on the American Revolution. His work played a significant role in the American independence. The Common Sense and Crisis Papers were highly influential and if not for Thomas Paine it is possible that the American troops would have given up their fight against the British.
Tummalapalli, Nikhil, "Thomas Paine Podcast" (2013). U.S. Experience to 1877 Podcasts. 38.