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Some readers will think _Forge of the Elders_ is L. Neil Smith's best book so far.
In this book.....Smith set out to lecture and he did just that...seemingly writing the lecture first and then fitting bits and pieces of story here and there.
And each such discovery conveys an important idea about the nature of love, trade, justice, freedom, and slavery.
This book is well written, as are all of Smith's works, in the grand tradition of Robert A. Heinlein, but he out does the grand master's Methuselah's Children with the creation of... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Steven Vandervelde
As others of stated already, this is primarily a lecture on extreme Libertianism (ie Anarchy.....sorry, I am Libertarian...not an anarchist..the two are NOT synonymous. Read morePublished on August 15, 2007 by C. A. Grayson
This is a three-in-one book, publishing Contact And Commune (renamed First Time The Charm), and Converse And Conflict (named Second To One), with the third and, maybe, final book... Read morePublished on October 8, 2005 by Michael Valdivielso
I can't believe this book is so highly rated, you should all be ashamed of yourselves for propping it up just because you agree with the politics. Read morePublished on September 13, 2005 by JDSX
This novel, divided into three books in one volume, took me the better part of a year to read. The problem for me was the extensive detail, especially to socio-political theory. Read morePublished on October 26, 2002 by Adam Gonnerman
I started with Lever Action, his first (and only I believe) non-fiction book. Lever Action led me to his science fiction works. Read morePublished on May 20, 2002 by Joseph P. Silvestri
The political and moral message of this book overcomes its less-than-excellent writing style and oversimplification of some characters. Read morePublished on April 15, 2002 by Maria Folsom
The story is an interesting concept, and the libertarian themes are well-presented. I can't argue with the philosophy that Smith is putting forward. Read morePublished on January 16, 2002 by Einzige
In this and other novels, the author portrays societies in conflict - where the people of one society live under some flavor of socialism and those of the other society live in... Read morePublished on December 25, 2001 by Jim Hammond