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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (15,358 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Henry David Thoreau Narrator: Rupert Degas Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1845 Henry David Thoreau, one of the principal New England Transcendentalists, left the small town of Concord for the country. Beside the lake of Walden he built himself a log cabin and returned to nature, to observe and reflect - while surviving on eight dollars a year.

From this experience emerged Walden, one of the great classics of American literature, and a deeply personal reaction against the commercialism and materialism that Thoreau saw as the main impulses of mid-19th-century America. Here also is Civil Disobedience, Thoreau's essay on just resistance to government, which not only challenged the establishment of his day but has been used as a flag for later campaigners from Mahatma Ghandi to Dr Martin Luther King.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Jordan Smith | 2/19/2014

    " Though I appreciate Thoreau's emphasis on individuality and progressive society, I disliked his essay on Civil Disobedience for a number of reasons, some literary, others philosophical. Thoreau is hypocritical; he criticizes his fellow countrymen, specifically the Abolitionists, for obeying the government and not taking an active stance to represent their beliefs. However, Thoreau's only example of his own rebellion is his refusal to pay taxes. His point was petty and ineffective. Throughout the essay, Thoreau discusses his refusal to partake in any government practices when the government could allow an atrocity such as slavery to exist. However, Thoreau can propose no realistic means to solving the problem; to me, Civil Disobedience reads as a melodramatic, if not whiny compilation of Thoreau's personal beliefs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mara | 2/15/2014

    " I thought i would never finish this book, overall im just proud i got through it. I enjoyed civil disobedience much more then Walden. Parts of walden are beautifully written and at times really draws you in but to really appreciate it fully background research and discussion would be needed, not the best subway commuting book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sara | 2/1/2014

    " Read "Civil Disobedience" for school, but I love Thoreau's writing and want to read more! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lori | 1/30/2014

    " Rejuvenating. The original 'Purpose-Driven Life'. "

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