Tocqueville: Democracy in America
Translated by Arthur Goldhammer
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Tocqueville: Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
Book DescriptionAlexis 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9781931082549
(220mm x 163mm x 32mm)
Imprint: The Library of America
Publisher: The Library of America
Publish Date: 1-Feb-2004
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Alexis de Tocqueville
Democracy in America, Paperback (March 2017)
Nineteenth-century classic by French political scientist offers insightful views of the newly formed United States. This landmark work ranks among the most perceptive and influential surveys of American politics and society.
Letters from America, Paperback (April 2012)View all books by Alexis de Tocqueville
Young Alexis de Tocqueville arrived in the United States for the first time in May 1831, commissioned by the French government to study the American prison system. This title provides a translation of the complete letters Tocqueville wrote during that seminal journey.
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Author Biography - Alexis de Tocqueville
Arthur Goldhammer is the award-winning translator of more than eighty French works in history, literature, art history, classical studies, philosophy, psychology, and social science. Olivier Zunz is Commonwealth Professor of History at the University of Virginia, and the author of numerous books including "Why the American Century?" He has also co-edited "The Tocqueville Reader" (Blackwell) and is president of the Tocqueville Society.
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