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Republic by Plato
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Dec 16, 2007

it was amazing
bookshelves: philosophy, politics
Recommended for: people who are ready to accept that democracy is lame
Read in August, 2007

This book is not for the faint of heart. It may in fact not be for anyone outside a select few who are either pretentious and intelligent or foolish and masochistic - or some combination of both.

The main thing one can take away from this book is the ability to tell the next person who says, "Democracy started back in ancient Greece with Plato and Co.," to shove off. The book attempts to answer the question of whether being good for goodness' sake is truly important, and in the process outlines Plato's ideal state. This state is a scary place and you would not want to live there.

This book, however, is definitely worth the challenging read. If one picks up an edition with sufficient foot and end notes, the read becomes much more bearable.
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