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The Man Without A Country

3.69  ·  Rating Details ·  636 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Bring The Classics To Life Series - Reading Level 2.0-3.0. This novel has been adapted into 10 short reading chapters. Ages 7+ and English Language Learners of all ages. 8.5""x11"" ""worktext"". Abridged with excersice acitivities built in along with answer keys.
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Bill  Kerwin

As my July 4th Independence Day project, I decided to re-read the short story “The Man Without a Country” for the first time in many years, and I was pleased to find the narrative still haunting, the plight of its unfortunate hero still moving, and its devotion to the idea of “The United States” of America still an inspiration. This time I became aware of something else too: “The Man Without a Country” is a textbook example of verisimilitude, for author Hale chooses his historical details so met
Dec 02, 2007 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a small, cloth fabric hardcover book. A little tattered, ink stained, dog eared and musty but in remarkably good condition for having been published in 1912 and costing just 20 cents. It was read by my father as a grammar school assignment a long time ago. So this made the book quite interesting to me. The inside cover identifies it as a "School Edition" having been introduced as a reading text in the early 1900's.
The fictional story was written in the summer of 1863. Grant was at Vicks
Sean Leas
Mar 17, 2014 Sean Leas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
I ran across The Man Without a Country on a list recently and was intrigued. It’s a pretty quick read however, it's set within a very interesting back-story. It was written while Lincoln was still among the living and starts in 1807 with the court martial of Philip Nolan. Coincidentally I learned about adjournment sine die; for all of my time I’ve always either heard the term or misinterpreted the term to adjourn without a day as without delay. Of course without further observation it more than ...more
Nina Levine
Nov 18, 2011 Nina Levine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A young army officer, Phillip Nolan, convicted of treason, inadvertently imposes a sentence upon himself whereby he is deprived of his country for more than a half century. Nolan is imprisoned in relative comfort on a steady stream of naval vessels always off-shore of the USA. The short first person narrativbe told by a naval officer of Nolan's acquaintance tells how the experience, in effect caused Nolan's sense of patriotism and his need to be recognized as an American to become highly intensi ...more
Maggie Reed
Jan 18, 2014 Maggie Reed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a short read, but honestly well worth relating to today. How many people are lost in the system to this day? How many people, when handed down what seemed a simple sentence, discovers that the sentence itself takes away more than it was supposed to take? There are repercussions for everything. This was a story that took place during the War of 1812. A number of things were misunderstood by the prisoner, by the courts, and by the general population of that era. After 50 years, these thin ...more
Feb 22, 2014 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the message of this book (that one's liberties as a USA citizen should not be taken for granted), but found it a very difficult book to read -- it has old style wording, no chapters or breaks, and often the story jumped from one person/context to another with little warning.

This is a book on my son's 8th grade reading list -- if he can persevere through the language/wording issues to finish it, I think it will be very worthwhile. I'm glad I've read it, if only to help him process and un
Nov 03, 2011 Rusty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick but fun, fanciful read. While the author wrote many works this is the primary one for which he is known. It was quickly written and is delightfully illustrated with woodcut prints. Edward Everett Hale wrote this tale to encourage love of our country during the Civil War. A most imaginative portrayal of which could happen to someone who in their youth might rashly say something that could haunt them for the rest of their lives. I enjoyed it
Jun 29, 2016 Paula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a very old collector's copy of this book. The volume is so old, it has no ISBN. Part of the attraction to read it (again) was to add it to my list of books completed for a reading challenge. But I've kept the book just because I enjoy the idea of the story so much. I realized today that I started/finished it just in time for our Independence Day celebration here in the States.
Feb 23, 2016 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Be careful what you wish for because you never know how good you have it until you lose it. In this case, Lt. Nolan gives away his country and gets his wish. He lives to regret this and however thankfully his story is told. This was used as pro union propaganda against the civil war confederates.
James Burns
One of my all time favorites, I have read this book at least a dozen times. It has alot of meaning to me. You dont relize how important something or somene till you lose them and can never see them again
Jan 11, 2017 Dave rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a book on the discard shelf of a high school library, expectations were not high, but it proved to be a satisfying read for a book written in 1863. As an American and a patriotic countrymen, Hales story definitely pulled on the heartstrings. It is definitely a tale catered to his time when considering the cultural climate in the United States in 1863. However, I think the story would work for a patriot of any country - the message being universal. While the first half moved slowly, mostly due ...more
The story is okay. It’s very slow and a bit boring to read. The ending is decent and bittersweet. It reads very fast since it is so short (around 50 pages) so it is worth reading, but definitely not a must-read.
Miles Fowler
A long short story (or novella to be generous) "The Man without a Country" by Edward Everett Hale is rightly an American classic. It explores the issues raised by patriotism as seen by an American writer in the mid-nineteenth century through a fictional tragedy. It also teaches us something about the history of American attitudes toward identity.

Philip Nolan, a fictional American army officer during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, played a minor role in a historical conspiracy case in which
Kristina Bartholomew
This book was lended to me by Fish. I read it pretty fast because of the giant font. It was difficult to understand because of all the foreign language. Although, I enjoyed the overall story of the book.
Vikk Simmons
This story has stayed with me for many years. As a young reader, I devoured all the slip-covered Heritage Press books lining our bookshelves--and there were many, all classics. The Man without a Country by Edward Everett Hale is one that has stayed with me. Over the years I've had a growing desire to reread the story.

This is a short work, a novella. (Some might call it a long story.) There's all of 55 pages in my edition. Heritage books come with these wonderful pamphlets that provide backgroun
Dione Basseri
I occasionally recalled reading this when I was in school, but had never felt the urge to find this story. Then it fell into my podcast backlog, as one of the audio releases from Librivox. Glad it did. IT's an interesting concept, though not a realistic idea. Though, to be fair, there's certain aspiring politicians I'd like to punish with this judgement....

After the Civil War, one soldier on trial wishes to never hear about the United States again. An irate judge obliges him. He's sent onto a sh
Jan 02, 2013 Ahmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Man Without A Country, by Edward Everett Hale, is a novel about a young US army lieutenant, Philip Nolan, who, during a trial for treason, cries out that he never wants to hear about the United States again. So he is sentenced to spend the rest of his life at sea, where he is never to hear anything at all about the United States and he is never to set foot in the United States again. He lives like a prisoner moving from ship to ship, eventually beginning to yearn for some news, any news abou ...more
Feb 09, 2009 Vicky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have heard of this book for years, but never decided to read it until now (I bought this 1908 edition at an antique store). The author comes from a family of well-known Hales, including his great uncle, Nathan Hale, the patriot-spy of the Revolution. Edward Everette Hale was a teacher and minister as well as a writer. This short story was written in the middle of the Civil War. In the introduction, Wayne Whipple states, "If you have reached the age of understanding and can read it without a s ...more
This story is only 47 pages long written in 1863. I've heard of the book for many years but until now not wanted to read it. Nina Levine another goodreads member's review says it all so eloquently, I just have to quote her:

Nina Levine's review:

A young army officer, Phillip Nolan, convicted of treason, inadvertently imposes a sentence upon himself whereby he is deprived of his country for more than a half century. Nolan is imprisoned in relative comfort on a steady stream of naval vessels always
Nov 25, 2012 Caitlyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book mind-numbingly repetitive. if he said the words "a man with no country" one more time I was ready to turn the audiobook off. I was intrigued by the concept, but was disappointed that it was told from the 3rd person. this book is a good example of the author telling rather than showing the reader the emotional impact of not having a country to call home. when the scenes showcasing Nolan's difficulty accepting his punishment were being read, I felt indifferent simply because I di ...more
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This is a short story so it's pretty fast to read. As was pointed out by our book group leader, there are several historical inaccuracies. However, if you suspend disbelief, it's an interesting read about a man who, as a consequence of his own actions, is forced never to set foot in his country again. No one can speak to him about it either. When he is deprived of it his whole life he realizes what a mistake he made and how much he truly loves his country. The story has a great message of patrio ...more
Bob Parks
Apr 09, 2012 Bob Parks rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Sister Sally Ann Gallagher gave me a copy of this book when I was younger -- maybe in 4th or 5th grade. Don't know why. Didn't read it then. It was one of those books that stuck in the back of my head for a while. Had some time and found a copy for the Kindle. The intro by the author I found a little preachy and it kind of set the mood for my reading of the book/story. Overall, I enjoyed it -- a quick couple of hours of my life that were not wasted watching TV. I'm surprised that we don't hear m ...more
Rob Childs
Sep 29, 2014 Rob Childs rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stunning end to a story of a man who flippantly voiced a desire to never hear of his earthly home again. Hebrews 11:16 is assigned to Philip Nolan who has no home but heaven. Given the radical religious right's attempts to block any accomplishments of a black president, it makes me wonder if they, too, have in essence become people without a country -- in a sense anarchists -- whose only hope is for the end of the world.
Feb 04, 2011 Kyrie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book has been on my shelves forever and I remember reading it as a kid - which is probably why I don't remember the plot very well. Seems to me this guy gets crosswise with the ideals of the United States and says he never wants to hear the name of the country again. In my mind, he spends the rest of his life traveling everywhere but the US and is eventually sad about it, but I'm not sure. I confess, I'm also not interested enough to reread it.
Jim Razinha
I saw this on a list of"other" books to read this summer and found it on Gutenberg. I remembered the Cliff Robertson movie (TV, 1973), and I'm sure I read it back then, but it was nice to reread. Nice to read a short story after Game of Thrones. Nice to read good writing after Game of Thrones.

A thinker that really needed to be fleshed out.
Jun 15, 2010 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick read! I read it in about an hour and twenty minutes, but someone could probably read it faster. This book was a little hard to read at first, as the allusions are from a time before our generation, and I had to reread some sections. Once I got into it, it was alright. I read the afterword section and was sad.
Summer Larson
I am glad I read this book, because it offered some good fodder for thought and discussion around the dinner table, but it was a little preachy for my taste. I had to work hard to get the Charlie Brown adult speak "whawhawhawhawha" out of my brain while reading. However, that might say more about me than the book.
Dec 24, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating concept, of a man who is exiled from his country, and can no longer hear abut that country ever again. I don't know if this punishment would ever work now, but he learns his folly later in life. Now when I think about it, it would be horrible to not have a country. Everyone says where they are from, as it shapes who you are. Great and fast read.
Nov 27, 2015 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-my-kids
"Think of your home, boy; write and send, and talk about it. Let it be nearer and nearer to your thought, the farther you have to travel from it; and rush back to it when you are free." A parable, a bit of propaganda, but a powerful message about the extent of a regret and the gift of having a home country.
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Edward Everett Hale was an American author, historian and Unitarian clergyman. He was a child prodigy who exhibited extraordinary literary skills and at age thirteen was enrolled at Harvard University where he graduated second in his class. Hale would go on to write for a variety of publications and periodicals throughout his lifetime.

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