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Democracy in America : And Two Essays on America

By (author) Alexis de Tocqueville , Edited by Isaac Kramnick , Translated by Gerald Bevan

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In 1831 Tocqueville 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's study of the strengths and weaknesses of an evolving democratic society has been quoted by every American president since Eisenhower. It remains a key point of reference for any discussion of the American nation or the democratic system.

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  • Paperback | 992 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 45.72mm | 476.27g
  • 01 Jul 2003
  • Penguin Books Ltd
  • PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • London
  • English
  • chronology, notes
  • 0140447601
  • 9780140447606
  • 25,095

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The French sociologist and historian, Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-59) was active in the law and served for a time as foreign minister. He also wrote L'Ancien Regime. Gerald Bevan is the translator. Issac Kramnick is Professor of Government at Cornell and edited The Federalist Papers for Penguin.

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No better study of a nation s institutions and culture than Tocqueville s "Democracy in America" has ever been written by a foreign observer. "The New York Times" The Bradley edition of Tocqueville s classic is the best now available in English. Charles A. Beard Professor Bradley s edition should remain the standard one for our time. F. O. Matthiessen With an Introduction by Alan Ryan"

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