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The Man without a country 0th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1429729215
ISBN-10: 142972921X
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About the Author

Edward Everett Hale (1822–1909) was an American author, historian and Unitarian clergyman. He was a child prodigy who exhibited extraordinary literary skills and at age thirteen was enrolled at Harvard University where he graduated second in his class. Hale would go on to write for a variety of publications and periodicals throughout his lifetime. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Library (January 1, 1865)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 142972921X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1429729215
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.1 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,447,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By F. Hamilton on April 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
"The Man Without a Country," written by Edward Everett Hale in 1863, tells the story of Philip Nolan, a young lieutenant in the United States Navy, who, at his court martial for treason, damned the United States and cavalierly wished that he might never hear her name again. Nolan's sentence was to have his wish fulfilled. For fifty-five years he was kept at sea, being repeatedly transferred from ships that approached land to those that were headed out to sea. Although Nolan was not treated like a prisoner, a unique protocol was developed that kept him from hearing or seeing any news from home.
Because of obscure references (especially early in the story) and some archaic wording, reading the story aloud is recommended. This provides an excellent opportunity to demonstrate that much can be gleaned from a story even when references are not completely understood. Pausing periodically to summarize the main points can help to keep students involved until you get to Hale's anecdotes that will truly captivate them.
In addition to delineating the consequences of an impetuous act, "The Man Without a Country" provides a thought-provoking portrait of a patriot. In essays or debates students might consider Was Nolan's sentence fair? Should he have been pardoned?
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I can't believe the reader from Allentown didn't care for this book. I first read this story in high school and remember how choked up I got over Phillip's absolute and total love for a country he hasn't been able to see or hear about for over half his life due to his impassioned, yet stupid youthful declaration that he "never wanted to hear his country's name again!".
I hope other would-be readers listen to the other reviews and try this book. You WILL NOT be disappointed. You will be fighting back tears by the end of this story. As I said, I read this book while in my teens and still enjoy re-reading it. You will cherish what you have after you finish.
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Format: Hardcover
When Philip Nolan spewed out the words, "Damn the United States! May I never hear her name again!", the (c 1812) tribunal decided that that indeed would be his punishment for his involvement with Aaron Burr: Never to see or hear of his birth land again. The poignancy of this consequence through his long years of exile/imprisonment on U.S. ships crescendoes to the denoument, when the evidence of Nolan's encounter with what he had lost is described. Beautifully written. No flag-waving overt patriotism here. Subtle. Inferential. Puts one in touch with what we take so much for granted in the U.S. of A.!
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Philip Nolan, a man who is sentenced to remain at sea for his entirelife, with the punishment to never hear nor see of the United States again. Hale captures patriotism and heroic efforts in one man as Nolan bravely tries to hide the fact he still loves his country, but shall never see it again. It makes you proud to be an American and live under the glory that our forefathers fought for. So many times have I read this story, and each time I can barely get past parts that bring a tear to my eye. Ultimately a great and powerful book for any reader who enjoys a story of love, agony, and pride.
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The Man Without A Country is a story I first read when I was in the 5th grade - it made a lasting impression on me. I was delighted to find it in this book form. I gave it to my grandson for Christmas. He is eleven years old, reads all the time, and has an appreciation for the written word. So this was perfect. Alhough it is written in a much more formal language than what today's youth is used to, is easy to understand. And it is short enough to keep an 11 year old's attention. This was part of my English education and I would consider it a "must read" for an appreciation of literature. The way this book is presented is perfect for an adolescent. And the story is a lesson in the words we may have to live by, when said in the heat of anger, and the repercussions that this can have on a lifetime. Obviously, I would highly recommend this. My next purchase for my grandson will be "To Build A Fire" by Jack London. I will get it from Amazon as well. I am constantly amazed at how well they have anticipated the public's taste with their products. I am always very pleased.
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One of the few books that were required reading when I was in school and which I have never forgotten. The message remains unchanged and the need of the message is even more needed today than when I read it. I bought it for a grandchild -- their parents feed, clothe, house, and buy toys for our grandchildren, and I think we're here to "fill in the blanks" like the need for this book for another generation.
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Famous book, of its time. Still good reading. And nicely important still. The writing ? Of its time - Edward Everett Hale was the main speaker at the dedication of the Gettysburg Cemetery, and a famous orator of his day. Who remembers that ? who has read his speech ? But everyone knows, surely, the closing speck, the benediction, more or less, from that day - Lincoln's Gettysburg address. .
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This is a classic story that every educated person should read if they have not already read it. I read it when I was a school boy and I enjoy reading it again as an adult. It was written during the Civil War about an incident that happened much earlier. But it is still a story whose theme applies to today's situation.
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