A Modest Proposal is actually named, "A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland From Being a Burden to Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Public." Written by Jonathan Swift in 1729, it's a satirical essay that suggests selling poor children as food for rich people. A Modest Proposal was a landmark satire during it's time and is still studied today in literature and rhetoric classes around the world. Primarily mocking the English for their snobbishness, wealth, and uncompassionate response to the plight of the Irish people, A Modest Proposal also mocks the Irish poor for having so many children. It's an e-book for people interested in Irish or English history, rhetoric, and poverty, and if read in a group, is likely to spark a lively discussion about what Jonathan Swift is really trying to say. Overall, it's recommended for serious readers.