It seems a little arrogant to be reviewing philosophy books, but here goes: Mill understands the promise and pitfalls of freedom better than almost any other writer I've read. His book articulates exactly why freedom and individuality are so valuable to a society and in what circumstances it can be justly curtailed. This is perhaps not something you'd sit down to read for fun, but I'm rateful that it was included in our high school debate curriculum. It served me well through out college and Mill's ideas still lurk in the back of my mind when I consider issues of individual freedom today.
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