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Alexis de Tocqueville discusses Democracy in America.

Alexis de Tocqueville's book he wrote on his return to France from America in 1831 remains the most often quoted book about the United States. Harvey Mansfield and Delba Winthrop's new translation is the first to appear in three decades, and the only one to provide notes identifying events and allusions no longer familiar to today's readers. —from the publisher's website (timspalding)… (more)
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Alexis de Tocqueville was a political thinker and writer still famous today especially for his Democracy in America, the classic work that appeared in two volumes in 1835 and 1840 following his travels in the USA. Also in 1835, de Tocqueville married Mary Motley, an Englishwoman, against the wishes of his family because she was not an aristocrat.
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