on 10 May 2013
I admit this is not an easy book for everyone, some will not stand it, it is philosophy, you hate it or love it, but if you are interested in it, philosophy in general, but particularly in ethic, I recommend it. This book influenced many great thinkers, like E. Kant, our society and culture would not be the same without books like this one. But I also recommend "Leviathan" (Hobbes), Rousseau read it and influenced him, even if he proposes different thesis in "Emile", that was in lots of its parts an answer to Hobbes thinking.
My favourite chapter is number 4, where Rousseau analyses the problem of evil, the origin, how it spreads and if we can do something about it. It is not a bad start, to read.
About the translation, it is a good one, if you cant read the original and you are capable of reading well in English, go for this one.