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Democracy in America; and Two essays on America

by Alexis de Tocqueville

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In 1831 Tocqueville set out from post-revolutionary France on a journey across America that would take him 9 months and cover 7,000 miles. The result was DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA- a subtle and prescient analysis of the life and institutions of 19th-century America. Tocqueville's study of the strengths and weaknesses of an evolving democratic society has been quoted by every American president since Eisenhower. It remains a key point of reference for any discussion of the American nation or the democratic system.… (more)
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Interesting view of America's government from the viewpoint of a
Frenchman. Nice to know what the Constitution really intended vs. what it has become.
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  LindaLeeJacobs | Feb 15, 2020 |
A slow but essential read for anyone that wants to understand the U.S. The book lays out why the U.S. is unique and has always been unique. ( )
  JBGUSA | Mar 31, 2013 |
It is scary how accurate many of Tocqueville's observations remain today.
  mcolvill | Feb 26, 2013 |
What Tom McCarthy treasures most about this landmark outsider document of American mores, and what makes it a travel book, are "his impressions of the land itself as something dark, brooding, and inscrutable." Jennifer Egan adds, "His observations still resonate—in part as a measure of how much we've changed. He wrote, 'What an admirable position of the New World, that man has yet no enemies but himself.' Imagine" (Penguin, $10). — "The 86 Greatest Travel Books of All Time," Condé Nast Traveler
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  MightyLeaf | May 25, 2010 |
Still the most acute analysis of what makes Americans special. ( )
  callmemiss | Mar 5, 2010 |
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If the number of times an individual is cited by politicians, journalists, and scholars is a measure of their influence, Alexis de Tocqueville—not Jefferson, Madison, or Lincoln—is America’s public philosopher.
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Democracy in America AND Two Essays on America - please don't combine with "Democracy in America" proper.
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