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Tocqueville's Discovery of America

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Alexis de Tocqueville is more quoted than read; commentators across the political spectrum invoke him as an oracle who defined America and its democracy for all times. But in fact his masterpiece, Democracy in America, was the product of a young mans open-minded experience of America at a time of rapid change. In Tocquevilles Discovery of America, the prizewinning biographer Leo Damrosch retraces Tocquevilles nine-month journey through the young nation in 1831-32, illuminating how his enduring ideas were born of imaginative interchange with America and Americans, and painting a vivid picture of Jacksonian America.

Damrosch shows that Tocqueville found much to admire in the dynamism of American society and in its egalitarian ideals. But he was offended by the ethos of grasping materialism and was convinced that the institution of slavery was bound to give rise to a tragic civil war.

Drawing on documents and letters that have never before appeared in English, as well as on a wide range of scholarship, Tocquevilles Discovery of America brings the man, his ideas, and his world to startling life.

Book News Annotation:

This is a biographical examination of Alexis de Tocqueville's engagement with American democracy, a nine-month journey undertaken across the United States in 1831-1832 which famously led to the celebrated Democracy in America. Damrosch (literature, Harvard U.) draws on Tocqueville's private writings and other materials in order to reconstruct the young French nobleman's journey and the evolution of his thinking about American society. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Prize-winning biographer Damrosch retraces Alexis de Tocqueville's nine-month journey through America in 1831-1832, illuminating how his enduring ideas were born of imaginative interchange with the young nation and its inhabitants.

About the Author

Leo Damrosch is the Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature at Harvard University. He is the author of several works, including Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Restless Genius, a finalist for the 2005 National Book Award in nonfiction.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374278175
Author:
Damrosch, Leo
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Author:
Damrosch, Leopold
Author:
Damrosch, Leo
Subject:
National characteristics, american
Subject:
United States Description and travel.
Subject:
Modern - 19th Century
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
United States - Antebellum Era
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
US History-1800 to Civil War
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20110412
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
34 Black-and-White Illustrations Through
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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