Scott is an amazing original. This is probably his most accessible non-academic book. As he quickly points out it is not really about anarchism, certainly not anarchist political thought or philosophy. It is a series of personal reflections on independence and its enemies based on the author's life experiences, history, and knowledge about agrarian peasants/subsistence agriculture-based communities. It reads like another angle on the same insights of countless other wise men, from Ivan Illich to Wendell Berry. If you're familiar with thinkers like that, you may not learn much that is "new" to you here, but it will give you another wise man's personal perspective on simple wisdom we need to be reminded of more than to learn as bits of information or knowledge.