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ISBN-13: 978-1619490925 ISBN-10: 1619490927

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Thoreau Classics (September 3, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1619490927
  • ISBN-13: 978-1619490925
  • Product Dimensions: 0.1 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shawn 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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By Alex Nash on February 21, 2014
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Nice read very interesting Thoreau was a deep thinker I will look into getting his other books to understand that time a little more
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If you can get around the arcane english, it is good to read material from an author whose opinion was'nt always popular.
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