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ISBN-13: 978-1619490925 ISBN-10: 1619490927
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Henry David Thoreau was born in 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts. He spent time as a school teacher after attending Harvard College but was dismissed for his refusal to administer corporal punishment. In 1845, wanting to write his first book, he moved to Walden Pond and built his cabin on land owned by Ralph Waldo Emerson. It was during his time at Walden that Thoreau was imprisoned briefly for not paying taxes; this experience became the basis for his well-known essay "Civil Disobedience." He died of tuberculosis in 1862 at the age of 44.
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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Thoreau Classics (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619490927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619490925
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SG on June 17, 2012
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Here is a fiery and direct book or rather, a long essay. They should certainly be teaching this in high school civics classes (as soon as they restore the practice of teaching civics in public school.)

Thoreau wrote this in opposition to slavery and the Mexican War but it is full of parallels and lessons for us today. Most especially useful and relevant is his tracing of the responsibility, that those who vote, share for the atrocities committed by those they vote for.

If you vote in a corrupt society, Thoreau makes you a murderer, a rapist, a thief. I could not agree more and was happy to find this herein. He does not simply advocate a boycotting of the vote, however, but calls for the revolutionary overthrow of corrupt society, through the direct action and resistance of those who are just.

There is no "lesser evil" or middle ground in Thoreau's worldview. You are just, and you are actively working to overthrow the system, or you are evil.

I cannot recommend this book enough. It will take you only a few hours to read it and it will embed itself in the foundations of your political reasoning.

Though the Anarchists claim Thoreau, I think he would have favored Marx to Bakunin.
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By Skyler Nielsen on March 27, 2014
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Brilliant. As far as I'm concerned this is all the best parts of what makes up American Character and Philosophy.
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It was as expected. The font is big which makes it easy to read :-)
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on May 3, 2012
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Henry David Thoreau, <strong>Civil Disobedience</strong> (CreateSpace, 1849)

I have put off releasing my best reads of 2011 list for all these months because I still haven't quite figured out how to review <em>Civil Disobedience</em>, which is #3 on it. You see, the problem is I've always kind of hated Thoreau, who is widely held responsible for the foundation of the modern ecological movement (I'm a diehard pave-the-earth guy and have been for decades). Because of that, I spent my reading time avoiding the guy, but when I picked up a Kobo, with its 100 pre-loaded classic titles, I figured I'd start working my way through them. And thus I found myself reading <em>Civil Disobedience</em>, since it seemed like it would be preferable to <em>Walden</em>. My jaw hit the floor with the very first sentence, which contains one of my favorite quotes ("I heartily accept the motto, 'That government is best which governs least'; and I should like to see it acted up to more rapidly and systematically."), and I kept being stunned as I kept reading. This is fantastic stuff. No wonder it's considered dangerous (Joseph McCarty proposed banning it, and even the study aid SparkNotes mentions that Thoreau's ideas would be "dangerous if universalized").

It's also even more relevant today than it was smack in the middle of the nineteenth century. "All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or inefficiency are great and unendurable." Indeed, during the early years of America, all men <em>did</em>; it is, in fact, one of the founding principles of the United States.
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By howell on May 18, 2015
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Go get the government Thoreau, and three cheers for you!
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By JRH on May 19, 2015
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Awesome book!
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