Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau

The book is a seminal work on the philosophy of non-violent resistance, advocating for individual freedom and the refusal to obey unjust laws. The author argues that individuals have a duty to prioritize their conscience over the dictates of laws and that governments are inherently prone to corruption and should not command absolute allegiance from their citizens. The book has greatly influenced many nonviolent resistance movements around the world, including those led by Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr.

The 869th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 399

Since this book was first published in 1849, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 399.0.

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