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In "The True Citizen, How to Become One" by W. A. Smith, readers are taken on a thoughtful journey exploring what it really means to be a genuine citizen. Smith's book is a remarkable guide filled with insightful and pragmatic advice for anyone looking to discover their role in building a better society.

One of the most notable aspects of this book is Smith's ability to break down the complexities of modern citizenship into clear, concise terms. Through his engaging writing style, he effectively showcases the importance of civic responsibility, participation, and collaboration into shaping a community that thrives.

Smith's emphasis on the power of individual actions to influence significant social change is both empowering and inspiring. He offers practical steps that readers can take to actively engage in civic life, reminding us that even seemingly small acts can have a substantial impact. Smith stresses that cultivating empathy, respect, and understanding are key attributes for a true citizen, advocating for the need to foster these qualities in ourselves and our communities.

The author's depth of knowledge and research on various societal issues is evident throughout the book. He expertly dissects topics like education, healthcare, and environmental stewardship, shedding light on their complexities and encouraging readers to become educated advocates for change.

Furthermore, I appreciated how Smith incorporates real-life examples and personal anecdotes to illustrate his points effectively. By sharing stories of individuals who embody true citizenship, he instills a sense of hope and possibility in readers. These stories serve as a reminder that anyone, regardless of their background or circumstances, has the potential to make a difference.

While the book mostly excels in presenting practical advice and inspiring stories, it occasionally feels slightly repetitive. Some concepts covered in earlier chapters are revisited later, which may not resonate as strongly with readers already familiar with the content.

In conclusion, "The True Citizen, How to Become One" offers valuable insights into what it means to be an engaged and responsible member of society. W. A. Smith's eloquent and motivating prose combined with his comprehensive understanding of citizenship make this book an indispensable resource for those seeking to make a positive impact. The True Citizen is a guide that not only informs readers but also empowers them to take action, reminding us that being a true citizen is a lifelong commitment that can transform both individuals and communities.

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This book, intended as a supplementary reader for pupils in the seventh and eighth grades of school, has been prepared with a view to meeting a real need of the times. While there are a large number of text books, and several readers, dealing with citizenship from the political point of view, the higher aspects of citizenship the moral and ethical have been seriously overlooked.

The authors of this work have searched in vain for something which would serve as an aid to the joint development of the natural faculties and the moral instincts, so as to produce a well rounded manhood, upon which a higher type of citizenship might be built. The development of character appears, to us, to be of far greater importance, in the preparation of the youth for the discharge of the duties of public life, than is mere political instruction; for only by introducing loftier ethical standards can the grade and quality of our citizenship be raised.

It is universally conceded that ethics and civics should go hand in hand; and yet pupils pass through our schools by the thousand, without having their attention definitely called to this important subject; and only an honest desire to aid in improving this state of affairs, has led to the preparation of these pages... Continue reading book >>

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