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Ingersoll "is a critical figure in the struggle for true freedom of conscience in America -- meaning the freedom not to worship any god as well as to worship God in one's own way . . . Ingersoll did more than anyone to restore Americans' memory of their country's secular and rationalist tradition." -- Susan Jacoby in Freethinkers
"In this collection of short excerpts . . . the patron saint of free thought celebrates human reason and decries the influence of blind faith. Opponents of the Kansas Board of Education, federal funding for church social programs and faith-based restrictions on medical research will find here the inspiration to keep fighting." — Washington Post
"Ingersoll's ideas force a reader to reexamine the words freedom, liberty, truth and democracy. This little paperback has the pleasant feeling of a morning spent listening to a lecture or sermon on a small-town green." — Los Angeles Times
Tim Page is the Pulitzer Prize—winning chief music critic for the Washington Post. He is the author of Dawn Powell: A Biography and editor of The Diaries of Dawn Powell (Steerforth Press, 1995) and Selected Letters of Dawn Powell.
One of the greatest books ever written and one which should be read by all. Highly liked it and have given several copies out plus have it on my Kindle, too. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Frances J. Porgal
I like the book because it repeatedly said simple thoughts that made me say, "Yes!" And then i highlighted it. Read morePublished 12 months ago by A. D. Evans
This is my first introduction to R.G. Ingersoll. It is amazing to me that these speeches, lectures, and thoughts were written over 100 years ago. They are still relevant today. Read morePublished 13 months ago by S.A.S.
Ingersoll was waaaaay ahead f his time. His knowledge and insight is just as needed today as when it was written hundreds of years ago.Published 14 months ago by Gary Desomber
This is a great booklet of masterpieces of speeches by the Great Robert Ingersoll. If you are a believer , and you should be , in the separation of Church & State then you should... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Bashar Elsbei
Some of the best short essays from the 19th century are included. Some, however, are short one-pagers that seem no more than fillers. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Jimmy Kropotkin
Ingersoll was honest, articulate, rational and concerned about improving the human condition through exposure to reality -- a Humanist, not an atheist.Published 23 months ago by Robert Haley
Being a "freethinker" myself I was glad to find this book. Robert Ingersoll is someone I would like to be able to have a conversation with. Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by Carub