Philosopher and rhetorician Kenneth Burke famously described the flow of social discourse as “the ‘unending conversation’ that is going on at the point in history when we are born,” and which continues when we are gone. Canterbury Classics is proud to offer six new nonfiction selections that have made, and continue to make, significant contributions to ongoing “conversations” about how society should function. Included among these offerings are 12 Years a Slave, The Art of War, Common Sense and Selected Works of Thomas Paine, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass and Other Works, The Prince and Other Writings, and Walden and Civil Disobedience. Part of the Word Cloud Classic series, these titles feature heat-burnished covers, specially-designed endpapers, a smaller size that’s easy to hold, and a clean, modern aesthetic.
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by Solomon Northup
A testimony of personal strength and a telling portrait of American slavery in the pre-Civil War South.
by Sun Tzu
Dated to about fifth century BC, The Art of War is considered the oldest treatise on war in the world.
by Thomas Paine
The pen is mightier than the sword, and this pen helped bring about the American Revolution.
by Frederick Douglass
“If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” —Frederick Douglass
by Niccolò Machiavelli
“If an injury has to be done to a man, it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”—Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince
by Henry David Thoreau
“If a plant cannot live according to its nature, it dies; and so a man.” —Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience
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