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Tocqueville: Democracy in America (Library of America)

Alexis de Tocqueville, a young aristocratic French lawyer, came to the United States in 1831 to study its penitentiary systems. His nine-month visit and subsequent reading and reflection resulted in Democracy in America (1835–40), a landmark masterpiece of political observation and analysis. Tocqueville vividly describes the unprecedented social equality he found in America and explores its implications for European society in the emerging modern era. His book provides enduring insight into the political consequences of widespread property ownership, the potential dangers to liberty inherent in majority rule, the importance of civil institutions in an individualistic culture dominated by the pursuit of material self-interest, and the vital role of religion in American life, while prophetically probing the deep differences between the free and slave states. The clear, fluid, and vigorous translation by Arthur Goldhammer is the first to fully capture Tocqueville’s achievements both as an accomplished literary stylist and as a profound political thinker.

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Author: Alexis de Tocqueville

Editor/Translator: Arthur Goldhammer

Edition: 1st

Binding: Hardcover

Condition: New

Manufacturer: Library of America

Number of items: 1

Number of pages: 928

Product group: Book

Studio: Library of America

Publication Date: February 9, 2004

Publisher: Library of America

Pages: 928

EAN: 9781931082549

ISBN: 1931082545

ASIN: 1931082545

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Art Goldhammer
Writer, translator, scholar, blogger on French Politics, affiliate of Harvard's Center for European Studies, writes for The American Prospect, The Nation, etc.