Tocqueville and His America by Arthur Kaledin
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Arthur Kaledin's groundbreaking book on Alexis de Tocqueville offers an original combination of biography, character study, and wide-ranging analysis of Tocqueville's Democracy in America, bringing new light to that classic work. The author examines the relation between Tocqueville's complicated inner life, his self-imagination, and his moral thought, and the meaning of his enduring writings, leading to a new understanding of Tocqueville's view of democratic culture and democratic politics. With particular emphasis on Tocqueville's prescient anticipation of various threats to liberty, social unity, and truly democratic politics in America posed by aspects of democratic culture, Kaledin underscores the continuing pertinence of Tocqueville's thought in our own changing world of the twenty-first century.
 

About Arthur Kaledin

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Arthur Kaledin is professor of history emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives in Cambridge, MA.
 
Published August 23, 2011 by Yale University Press. 477 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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Like proud parents with a precocious child, Americans in the early republic eagerly displayed their newborn nation to foreign visitors, including young French nobleman Alexis de Tocqueville, who toured the United States for nine months in the early 1830s.

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