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Marcus Porcius Cato: aristocrat who walked barefoot and slept on the ground with his troops, political heavyweight who cultivated the image of a Stoic philosopher, a hardnosed defender of tradition who presented himself as a man out of the sacred Roman past-and the last man standing when Rome's Republic fell to tyranny. His blood feud with Caesar began in the chamber of the Senate, played out on the battlefields of a world war, and ended when he took his own life rather than live under a dictator.

Centuries of thinkers, writers, and artists have drawn inspiration from Cato's Stoic courage. Saint Augustine and the early Christians were moved and challenged by his example. Dante, in his Divine Comedy, chose Cato to preside over the souls who arrive in Purgatory. George Washington so revered him that he staged a play on Cato's life to revive the spirit of his troops at Valley Forge. Now, in Rome's Last Citizen, Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni deliver the first modern biography of this stirring figure.

Cato's life is a gripping tale that resonates deeply with our own turbulent times. He grappled with terrorists, a debt crisis, endemic political corruption, and a huge gulf between the elites and those they governed. In many ways, Cato was the ultimate man of principle-he even chose suicide rather than be used by Caesar as a political pawn. But Cato was also a political failure: his stubbornness sealed his and Rome's defeat, and his lonely end casts a shadow on the recurring hope that a singular leader can transcend the dirty business of politics.

Rome's Last Citizen is a timeless story of an uncompromising man in a time of crisis and his lifelong battle to save the Republic.

©2012 Rob Goodman and Jimmy Soni (P)2013 Tantor

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"The authors succeed brilliantly in bringing this fascinating statesman to life." ( Kirkus)

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Excelent

The reading is well done. Emotive without overbearing.
the narrative is also well done. It may be a bit long winded for some, but necessary to set the stage for who Cato was. This isn't a fluff piece but an unflinching look at a historical icon and how human he was.

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A most fascinating account of Cato the Younger and its lasting impact

The voice of the reader is most pleasant to listen to, which is obviously something key with an audiobook. The book itself, while being a positive account of the exceptional men Cato seems to have been, goes out of its way in so far as trying to be nuanced. By listening to this audiobook you learn quite a good deal about the entire area (with larger than life characters such as Cicero, Caesar, Pompeus and so forth) in which Cato's life and death happened.

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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Not just Cato. This gives a whole new vantage point on Casear, Pompei, Crassus, and Roman culture at that time. Authors were surprisingly insightful, the story kept momentum, and performed just right.

What other book might you compare Rome's Last Citizen to and why?

I've read The Storm before the Storm and The Roman Way. This was my favorite

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incredible story, very well read

I originally became interested in stoicism as a way of operating and have subsequently become interested in the stoic icons of history. Cato has an incredible story told here, that is well-read and easy to listen to.

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Cato, where is he today

Cato is one of the most fascinating characters from Ancient Rome and this book paints an interesting picture at the ancient saint

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