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Publisher's Summary

"Walden. Yesterday I came here to live." That entry from the journal of Henry David Thoreau, and the intellectual journey it began, would by themselves be enough to place Thoreau in the American pantheon. His attempt to "live deliberately" in a small woods at the edge of his hometown of Concord has been a touchstone for individualists and seekers since the publication of Walden in 1854.
But there was much more to Thoreau than his brief experiment in living at Walden Pond. A member of the vibrant intellectual circle centered on his neighbor Ralph Waldo Emerson, he was also an ardent naturalist, a manual laborer and inventor, a radical political activist, and more. Many books have taken up various aspects of Thoreau's character and achievements, but, as Laura Dassow Walls writes, "Thoreau has never been captured between covers; he was too quixotic, mischievous, many-sided."
Two hundred years after his birth, and two generations after the last full-scale biography, Walls restores Henry David Thoreau to us in all his profound, inspiring complexity.
©2017 The University of Chicago (P)2017 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"The wonder is that, given her book's richness, Walls still leaves the reader eager to read Thoreau. Her scholarly blockbuster is an awesome achievement, a merger of comprehensiveness in content with pleasure in reading." (Publishers Weekly, Starred Review)
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By AWK on 12-08-17

Good overview with errors

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, give a good introduction to the period and group of transendentalists

What did you like best about this story?

The overview of many of Thoreau's writings.

Any additional comments?

The author makes a rather bad error in confusing the Lawrence Kansas Sacking where no one was murdered and the Lawrence Kansas Massacre and uses it as a reason for John Brown's rebellion. She is very good on the slavery issue as it affected the citizens of Concord. How the citizens including Thoreau fought against the government's inhuman edicts.

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