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Democracy in America (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)
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Democracy in America (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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by Alexis de Tocqueville, Eric Plaag (Introduction), Henry Reeve (Translator), Francis Bowen (Editor)
 

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Written nearly 170 years ago, Democracy in America is a masterful display of insight and foresight into all things American. Doubting whether the American experiment in equality could work, Tocqueville conjectured that democracy would erect a society that would succumb to a different type of tyranny than that of a monarchy or aristocracy - that of the

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Written nearly 170 years ago, Democracy in America is a masterful display of insight and foresight into all things American. Doubting whether the American experiment in equality could work, Tocqueville conjectured that democracy would erect a society that would succumb to a different type of tyranny than that of a monarchy or aristocracy - that of the majority. Through detailed interviews with “the most informed men” he could meet, he offers an examination of American institutions and the fabric of American life.

About the Author:Alexis de Tocqueville (1805-1859) worked first as a magistrate and then as a government administrator. Because he fell out of political favor due to his perceived Bourbon sympathies during the July Revolution, he was required to fund his nine-month visit to America himself, even though he was ostensibly coming to complete a survey of the American penal system on behalf of the French government. When Tocqueville arrived in America in May of 1831 he was far more interested in his own questions about America’s political future, and Democracy in America is the result of extensive personal research on the subject.<%END%>

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Political philosophers Mansfield (government, Harvard U.) and Winthrop (constitutional government, Harvard U.) present a new translation -- only the third since the original two-volume work was published in 1835 and 1840 -- aiming to restore the nuances of Tocqueville's language. Tocqueville himself was not satisfied with the 19th-century translation; the other, prepared in the late 1960s (Harper & Row), is cited in This translation is based on a recent critical French edition (Editions Gallimard, 1992). Mansfield and Winthrop provide a substantial introduction placing the work and its author in historical and philosophical context, as well as annotations elucidating references that are no longer familiar to readers. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Caleb Crain
Thanks to [Tocqueville's] prescience, a new edition of ''Democracy in America'' is always timely.
New York Times Book Review

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ISBN-13:
9780760752302
Publisher:
Barnes & Noble
Publication date:
12/15/2003
Series:
Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading
Pages:
832
Sales rank:
332,067
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x (d)

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