Originally Posted by pilotbob
The book must be in the Public Domain in the US to qualify.
Walden, by Henry David Thoreau
One of the great books of American letters and a masterpiece of reflective philosophizing. Accounts of Thoreau's daily life on the shores of Walden Pond outside Concord, Massachusetts, are interwoven with musings on the virtues of self-reliance and individual freedom, on society, government, and other topics.