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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 10 July 2016
Thoreau's 'Walden' is a beautifully written piece of American literature - describing the life and experiences of the author as he embarks on a year-long adventure: living a more simple, at-one-with-nature existence. Thoreau retreated from 'civilisation' and headed off to a remote woodland area, where he lived in a small cabin. It's here that he enjoys life at its fullest - without worrying about such things as money and bills, or keeping-up appearances. Thoreau lived by his own means - from fishing to picking fruit - and felt a new sense of freedom. He encourages other to pursue such an emancipated lifestyle - and presents this as a 'self-help' book.

If you are fascinated by the anarchist ideal of living separate from 'social order' (i.e. government by others), and the naturists ambition of relying on what the environment provides, then I highly recommend this book. Not only is the 'idea' a grand one, but the way Thoreau expresses himself is so eloquent as to make this book a timeless classic.
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on 15 April 2017
Really impressive intellectual stimulae.
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on 11 September 2014
DO NOT BUY THIS EDITION. It is a really bad example of Print on Demand. It's terrible. LOVely comver picture but all wrong inside. Big regrets. Oh and it is printed by Amazon themselves. ...
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on 19 May 2017
Everyone should go to the woods for a few days with this book
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on 19 April 2015
REFRESHING TO FIND SOMEONE FROM THE PAST BELIEVED THE KIND OF THINGS A ''MODERN'' PERSON CAN RELATE TO
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on 12 April 2013
Who wouldn't be delighted to find the public domain list of FREE classic literature. This is fantastic. All the titles I've always wanted to read and for free - this is my kind of kindle heaven. I love the way they arrive on your kindle, they're so quick, it's like magic. Thank you public domain!
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on 11 February 2017
Civil Disobedience is a thought-provoking journey across the Himalayas, mounted upon a winged desert cactus eagle painting pew pew pew.
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on 28 August 2016
A classic for all lovers of the open air
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on 13 June 2017
Will only say of the Audible Blackstone audio edition (not this) that I cannot imagine a better narration than that by Robin Field
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on 13 December 2010
With the current student protests and police using force to quell the situation, 'Civil disobedience' felt the perfect book to pick up and read once more, or in this case, read via kindle.

Thoreaus' powerful essay on Government, the rights of man and why we should be civilly disobedient are a timeless classic.

He is bang on when he states Governments do neither challenge or control us intellectually, their only tool to subvert the masses to their bidding, is force, via police or army.

Government of course is not their to subvert us to their wishes, rather they are meant to be there to serve our wishes, to listen to the people that placed them in power and to structure as much as possible around what is best for us, what we want, not what they think is best.

As his parting shot he mentions that he doubts a Government will ever truly be for the people, certainly that theory has held up, Socialism is a failed ideology and Labour fighting for the working class is a joke.

Strongly recommend reading this essay, a timeless classic particularly suitable reading material under the current climate.
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