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Democracy in America and Two Essays on America [Paperback]

By Alexis De Tocqueville (Author), Gerald Bevan (Translator) & Isaac Kramnick (Notes by)
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A study of America's national government, egalitarian ideals, and character offers reflections on the effect of majority rule on the rights of individuals and provides insight into the rewards and responsibilities of a democratic government, in a new translation that also includes Two Weeks in the Wilderness, the author's description of the Iroquois, and Excursion to Lake Oneida. Original.

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In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French aristocrat and ambitious civil servant, made a nine-month journey throughout America. The result was Democracy in America, a monumental study of the life and institutions of the evolving nation. Tocqueville looked to the flourishing democratic 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 insightful work has become one of the most influential political texts ever written on America and an indispensable authority on democracy.
This new edition is the only one that contains all Tocqueville's writings on America, including the rarely-translated Two Weeks in the Wilderness, an account of Tocqueville's travels in Michigan among the Iroquois, and Excursion to Lake Oneida.

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Penguin Classics
Pages   896
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.58" Width: 5.64" Height: 1.81"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2003
Publisher   Penguin Classics
Age  18
ISBN  0140447601  
ISBN13  9780140447606  
UPC  051488010005  

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Frederick Brown is professor emeritus, State University of New York at Stony Brook. His previous books include Zola: A Life; Flaubert: A Biography; and The Soul of France: Culture Wars in the Age of Dreyfus. He lives in New York City.

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Reviews - What do customers think about Democracy in America (Penguin Classics)?

Oops  Mar 20, 2008
935 page book with no index.

Come on, you don't need one.
You can remember that part about the aristocracy of the law...
was just about here...
Or was it here...
Don't worry, I've got it...
Just a sec...
an extremely interesting, and well writen book about America  Feb 18, 2008
A book that lives up to its lofty reputation. Thoroughly engaging. A veritable bible of philosophy, and observation as regards the early appearance and history of our country.
Wow, what a buy.  Jan 7, 2008
An excellent book that should be used as reading material in any high school or college course on government, its being, construction and operation. It is detailed and full of information that makes it one of the best books written concerning early colony operations. I do recommend this book for anyone interested in early America and its govenment.
Democracy in America Book  Nov 5, 2007
Book was received in the condition that was described. Packaged well. Timely delivery.
Superb analysis of democracy in America and elsewhere  Oct 22, 2007
As a sat to write this review I randomly opened my copy of Democracy in a page with this quote that I had highlighted: "When the taste for physical gratifications among [democratic people] has grown more rapidly than their education and their experience of free institutions, the time will come when men are carried away and lose all self-restraint at the sight of the new possessions they are about to obtain. In their intense and exclusive anxiety to make a fortune they lose sight of the close connection that exists between the private fortune of each and the prosperity of all. It is not necessary to do violence to such a people in order to strip them of the rights they enjoy; they themselves willingly loosen their hold. The discharge of political duties appears to them to be a troublesome impediment which diverts them from their occupations and business. [...] These people think they are following the principle of self-interest, but the idea they entertain of that principle is a very crude one; and the better to look after what they call their own business, they neglect their chief business, which is to remain their own masters". This is a small sample of what you find in Democracy... It is a superb book, with timeless truths about America and about democracy in general. I read the Everyman's Library edition by Knopf, and utterly enjoyed it: good quality paper, print, translation (based on Francis Bowen's), index. Don't rely on what others tell you about the contents of this marvelous book--dive in with a pencil handy to highlight the many good quotes and enjoy!

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