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Alexis de Tocqueville : Democracy in America: A New Translation by Arthur Goldhammer
by Alexis de Tocqueville and Arthur Goldhammer


Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview
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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  • ISBN-13: 9781931082549
  • ISBN-10: 1931082545
  • Publisher: Library of America
  • Publish Date: February 2004
  • Page Count: 928
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.68 x 6.4 x 1.27 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.38 pounds

Series: Library of America

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