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Library of America #147: Tocqueville: Democracy in America

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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 Tocquevilles achievements both as an accomplished literary stylist and as a profound political thinker.

Review:

"Never slipping into slang, it gives a colloquial cast, fitting for our time, to a work normally rendered only with high solemnity. The Library of America claims that its editions will stay in print forever. This one's likely to stand that test." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"This new translation by Goldhammer gets to the heart of Tocqueville's words." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Democracy in America is "the" classic analysis of America's unique political character, quoted heavily by politicians and perennially popping up on history professors' reading lists. The book's enduring appeal lies in the prophetic voice of de Tocqueville (1805-1859), a French aristocrat who visited the United States in 1831.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781931082549
Editor:
Zunz, Olivier
Translator:
Goldhammer, Arthur
Translator:
Goldhammer, Arthur
Editor:
Zunz, Olivier
Author:
Library of America
Author:
Tocqueville, Alexis De
Author:
de Tocqueville, Alexis
Publisher:
Library of America
Location:
New York
Subject:
Political
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Democracy
Subject:
History & Theory - General
Subject:
Political Process - General
Subject:
History & Theory
Subject:
Politics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series:
Library of America
Series Volume:
1222147
Publication Date:
20040231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
928
Dimensions:
8.68x6.40x1.27 in. 1.38 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 928 pages Library of America - English 9781931082549 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Never slipping into slang, it gives a colloquial cast, fitting for our time, to a work normally rendered only with high solemnity. The Library of America claims that its editions will stay in print forever. This one's likely to stand that test."
"Review" by , "This new translation by Goldhammer gets to the heart of Tocqueville's words."
"Synopsis" by , Democracy in America is "the" classic analysis of America's unique political character, quoted heavily by politicians and perennially popping up on history professors' reading lists. The book's enduring appeal lies in the prophetic voice of de Tocqueville (1805-1859), a French aristocrat who visited the United States in 1831.
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