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In 1849, 5 years before Henry David Thoreau published Walden, he wrote what has come to be recognized as the philosophic textbook for nonviolent revolution. "I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward," Thoreau wrote. "It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right." Taking as his major premise the idea that "...government is best which governs least," Thoreau asserts that one's first loyalty is to one's own nature, and that only then, when one is true to oneself, can one be true to a government. This remarkable essay has inspired leaders from Gandhi to Martin Luther King, Jr.

Public Domain (P)2013 Recorded Books, Inc.

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What we have forgotten!

I remember reading this brief pamphlet in college and having to go for a drive in my car several times before I could finish it.

I shall not try to improve on Thoreau by recounting the text, but highly recommend this book for "How to be an actual American."

The price is right, the time to listen to it is right!

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Timeless Wisdom

I would especially recommend this book for Thoreau's insights into government and slavery. Though there are other books that deal with these topics in greater depth, I still found this a worthwhile read.

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The Reader Kills Me

I think the reason different copies of this book vary widely in price is, the reader. He is so boring I would rather swallow glass than keep listening.

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The narrator was dreadfully dull and the content made me glad philosophy is no longer part of modern political discourse.

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What if the Government

What if the Government actually read this book and applied it? First my life would be so much easier along with the rest of the world’s! I can see why this book has inspired so many rebels in this world to fight to change the system. Maybe we should make this required reading rather than hiding it away! What would this world be like then?