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Henry David Thoreau's vision of personal freedom is indelibly etched on the American consciousness. "We need the tonic of wilderness," Thoreau wrote in Walden, and by turning his back on town amenities to build a house on Walden Pond in 1845, he helped shape our notions of the individual subsistence, and a moral relation to nature. Included here with the complete text of Walden are selections from Thoreau's first book, A Week on the Concord and Merrimac Rivers; "A Plea for Captain John Brown," his eloquent defense of the American abolitionist's rebellion at Harper's Ferry, and such masterpieces as his famous essay "Civil Disobedience". 790 pages, hardcover with dust jacket.