Oh man. What to say about The Republic? All of us are at least familiar with it. We hear people talk about allegory of the cave all the time. This was a very difficult book for me to read. As you would expect, there were so many philosophical thoughts in here that I had to stop and contemplate for a time but man did I love reading it. I really should read it again. There are probably a number of things I didn’t quite understand the first time around. So not only do I recommend it for you to read, I’m recommending it to myself to read again. So what is The Republic? It is Plato’s way of explaining fundamental ideas, through a dialogue with other philosophers, like truth, justice and the American way(sorry, couldn’t help myself).
You could really call it a dialogue of ethics for the western world. Which should make it clear why this is such an important work. Despite it being a difficult read, hard for me to knock it for that.