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Civil Disobedience [Hardcover]

Henry Thoreau
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September 1, 2000 1557094179 978-1557094179 Reprint
Originally published in 1849 as ""Resistance to Civil Government,"" Thoreau's classic essay on resistance to the laws and acts of government that he considered unjust was largely ignored until the Twentieth Century when Mohandas Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and anti-Vietnam War activists applied Thoreau's principles.

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From the Back Cover

Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience was originally published in 1849 as Resistance to Civil Government. Thoreau wrote this classic essay to advocate public resistance to the laws and acts of government that he considered unjust. The practical application of Civil Disobedience was largely ignored until the twentieth century when, at different times, Modanda Ghandi, Martin Luther King, Jr. and anti-Vietnam War activists applied Thoreau's principles.

About the Author

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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Applewood Books; Reprint edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557094179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557094179
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.3 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars A very good book January 1, 2002
Format:Hardcover
This was the first Thoreau's book I read, and it inspired me to read some other of his writings. They are all inspirational, above average, writings. Well, about this book, a strong critic to United States government of his time (why not to extend that to ours, since it seems not much has changed...). He takes a position against slavery, as well as the war with Mexico.
I believe this is one of the most well written works fighting for the liberty of expression and against slavery I ever read.
His ideas about an unexistent State are at least discussible, since it seems very difficult to people live without any organizational structure. But, of course, we SHOULD discuss about State's authority, as well its limits...
Thoreau's own natural life was his inspiration, and (as we can see in his texts) he loved nature, and he spent a lot of time of his life around it. He liked freedom, and in this work he depicts his ideas about freedom, and how it should be applied to him, as well as all mankind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Right to Resistance December 4, 2011
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Civil Disobedience Review

Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau is one of the most important philosophical pieces of work man has ever seen. The main point of this piece of literature is man's right to refuse cooperating with government so as to not become a soldier of injustice for the standing government. "Under a government which imprisons any unjustly, the true place for a just man is also a prison", in this quote Thoreau tells the American people that "We should be men first and subjects later."

Civil Disobedience is a piece of literature that has taught the American people and people around the world that the way to defy the government is to refuse to cooperate with it. Not cooperating with the government is the only way to stop the injustice. Active resistance will not succeed because of the governments' size and strength. The only true form to stop injustice is by not cooperating with it.

Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience has transcended time and space and is as relevant today as when it was written. I recommend this to any reader interested in the right of man to resist and to prove their individuality and strength. This piece of literature proves that man can stop injustice and government and can do what is right.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Thinker June 5, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I think this version of the text is roughly 32 pages in length
Pros:
The hardcover is actually quite nice
Maybe 1/4" thick. Fits easily in a back pocket or jacket pocket
Nice essay
If you have a Kindle, it's currently free

Cons:
The price is a little high ($10), but if you love physical copies of books, it's worth it
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4.0 out of 5 stars Civil Disobedience January 9, 2014
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Very good reading. Index is excellent for you to narrow down where you want to go.
Would recommend this for your collection and any research you need to do in the
future.
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