Democracy in America by Alexis Tocqueville
And Two Essays on America (Penguin Classics)

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Now, we ought to read him...for his classic analyses of the link between political parties and free associations and for his reflections on such matters as religion and public life, and "self-interest properly understood."
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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.
 

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The French sociologist and historian, Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59) was active in the law and served for a time as foreign minister. He also wrote L'Ancien R gime. Gerald Bevan is the translator. Issac Kramnick is Professor of Government at Cornell and edited The Federalist Papers for Penguin.
 
Published April 24, 2003 by Penguin. 996 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by ADAM COHEN on Jan 23 2008

His account of his travels through America in the 1830's, which is often called the greatest book ever written about America, is both an appreciation of American democracy, and a cautionary tale about its fragility.

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Reviewed by Nicholas Lezard on Apr 03 2008

You simply cannot find a better book about the American character, or the influence of egalitarianism on the psyche.

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Feb 09 2008

Now, we ought to read him...for his classic analyses of the link between political parties and free associations and for his reflections on such matters as religion and public life, and "self-interest properly understood."

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