Democracy in America and Two Essays on America (Penguin Classics)

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Democracy in America and Two Essays on America (Penguin Classics) Author Alexis de Tocqueville
ISBN-10 0140447601
ISBN-13 9780140447606
Year 2003-07-01
Pages 992
Language English
Publisher Penguin Classics
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A contemporary study of the early American nation and its evolving democracy from a French aristocrat and sociologistIn 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville a young French aristocrat and ambitious civil servant set out from post revolutionary France on a journey across America that would take him 9 months and cover 7 000 miles The result was Democracy in America a subtle and prescient analysis of the life and institutions of 19th century America Tocqueville looked to the flourishing deomcratic system in America as a possible model for post revolutionary France believing that the egalitarian ideals it enshrined reflected the spirit of the age and even divine will His study of the strengths and weaknesses of an evolving democratic society has been quoted by every American president since Eisenhower and remains a key point of reference for any discussion of the American nation or the democratic system This new edition is the only one that contains all Tocqueville s writings on America including the rarely translatedTwo Weeks in the Wilderness an account of Tocqueville s travels in Michigan among the Iroquois andExcursion to Lake Oneida For more than seventy years Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With more than 1 700titles Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust theseries to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors as well as up to datetranslations by award winning translators

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