Chasing the Red, White, and Blue: A Journey in Tocqueville's Footsteps Through Contemporary America

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Using Democracy in America as his model, acclaimed British and South African journalist David Cohen retraces Alexis de Tocqueville’s journey around the country to observe how the balance between the rich and the poor has changed over the past 150 years. Traveling from New York to the Ohio River Valley, the deep South, California, and finally to Washington, D.C., Cohen captures an America where inequality is balanced by unquenchable hope.

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Overview

Using Democracy in America as his model, acclaimed British and South African journalist David Cohen retraces Alexis de Tocqueville’s journey around the country to observe how the balance between the rich and the poor has changed over the past 150 years. Traveling from New York to the Ohio River Valley, the deep South, California, and finally to Washington, D.C., Cohen captures an America where inequality is balanced by unquenchable hope.

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“A lively, easy-to-read piece of analytical journalism... Cohen succeeds in capturing the ethos of the country as it sped into the new century.” —Los Angeles Times

“A thoughtful indictment of growing inequality in the United States...impressive.” —The Washington Post

“Extraordinary...an important and long-overdue revisiting of [Tocqueville’s] landmark work.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch

“A strong book...Worthy of the model that inspired it.” —American Way

“An essential addition to the bookshelves of any Americophile.” —The Times (London)

“The kind of heroic, epic investigation of the American soul that we used to associate with such native-born giants as James Agee and John Steinbeck...Alexis de Tocqueville would bow to the achievement of his protégé, David Cohen.” —Ron Powers, co-author of Flags of Our Fathers

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312302498
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 1/4/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 600,424
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Meet the Author

David Cohen has written for the Independent, British GQ, and the Guardian Weekend Magazine, as well as The New York Times. In 1997, Cohen was the recipient of the Harkness Fellowship, which he used to research and write this book. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2003

    The American Dream - Uncovered

    As a Britain living in America in the 21st Century, this book provides not only an insightful examination of what makes America tick, but what, if left unchecked will make it stop ticking and explode! Cohen provides an excellent discussion of both the issues that Toqueville saw and how they compare today. Written in the late 90's some of the references that Cohen makes have now been overtaken by more recent events (the book opens with a discussion of the New York skyline including the Twin Towers). Cohen raises some very interesting discussion points, some of which he addresses and some he does not. I would recommend this book to anyone who is seriously interested in America.

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