Democracy In America

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Democracy in America is a classic study by Tocqueville. It is regarded as a classic account of the democratic system of the United States and has been used as an important reference since it was published in 1835 and in 1840.

Out of Alexis de Toqueville's travels through the U.S. in the 1830's came an insightful study of a young democracy and its institutions.

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Overview

Democracy in America is a classic study by Tocqueville. It is regarded as a classic account of the democratic system of the United States and has been used as an important reference since it was published in 1835 and in 1840.

Out of Alexis de Toqueville's travels through the U.S. in the 1830's came an insightful study of a young democracy and its institutions.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781609421267
  • Publisher: International Alliance Pro-Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/11/2010
  • Pages: 706
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.69 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2003

    Astute observer of America

    De Tocqueville was simply of one of the great social scientists writing about America and Democracy. From reading the book I deduced that De Tocqueville was a social scientist before Marx! He compares European culture and government with the fledgling culture and democracy he observes in America. He is very much impressed with what he sees taking place in America in the 1830's and hopes it will spread to Europe. He at first believed that America's prosperity was simply due to geography and their distance from powerful neighbors, he abandons this idea after his visit to America. He comes to realize that the West is not being peopled 'by new European immigrants to America, but by Americans who he believes have no adversity to taking risks'. De Tocqueville comes to see that Americans are the most broadly educated and politically advanced people in the world and one of the reasons for the success of our form of government. He also foretells America's industrial preeminence and strength through the unfettered spread of ideas and human industry. De Tocqueville also saw the insidious damage that the institution of slavery was causing the country and predicted some 30 years before the Civil War that slavery would probable cause the states to fragment from the union. He also the emergence of stronger states rights over the power of the federal government. He held fast to his belief that the greatest danger to democracy was the trend toward the concentration of power by the federal government. He predicted wrongly that the union would probably break up into 2 or 3 countries because of regional interests and differences. This idea is the only one about America that he gets wrong. Despite some of his misgivings, De Tocqueville, saw that democracy is an 'inescapable development' of the modern world. The arguments in the 'Federalist Papers' were greater than most people realized. He saw a social revolution coming that continues throughout the world today. De Tocqueville realizes at the very beginning of the 'industrial revolution' how industry, centralization and democracy strengthened each other and moved forward together. I am convinced that De Tocqueville is still the preeminent observer of America but is also the father of social science. A must read for anyone interested in American history, political philosophy or the social sciences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2003

    Borinnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggggggg

    As a Junior in High School I can't begin to tell you how boring and difficult to read is this book. Could'nt Mr.Heffner have found a more to the point approach for those of us who HAVE to read this book?

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003

    Awesome! Insightful! Prophetic!

    This abridged version of the classic was so good that I got the full version which is over twice as long. However, this version does present the ideas well. The translation uses a bit outdated English but the positive side of that is that it reminds you when it was written, i.e. about 1840. It not only predicts current day problems but seems to point to the coming Civil War, the Mexican War and the trouble between labor and big business. Actually so many of the warnings have come to pass that I found myself wondering if we still have a republic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2008

    Fantastic detail, interesting opinions and predictions, BUT A MISERABLE READ

    Alexis De Tocqueville paints an amazingly detailed and accurate picture of the early stages of America's political,social, and economic status. HOWEVER, as this is an ABRIDGED version, I'm sure that this version could've been much much much much more Ad Hoc. As a junior in high school reading this for the summer, I can tell you that this book is a horrifyingly boring read, not just because of its length and difficulty, but because its seemingly irrelevant detail which is given. If you're a history buff, you will MAYBE love this book. In my honest opinion, this book is best read in excerpts.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2003

    Democracy?

    One important thing to note is that America is not supposed to be a Democracy. America is a Republic. The founders were very specific when they spoke of the two. They were very weary of a Democracy (or mobocracy). The book isn't a bad read if you can get past that fact.

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2001

    Tocqueville: Human Nature in American Democracy

    Toqueville's work unquestionably will last for as long as human nature remains the same. Certainly, it is diverting to read accounts about the topography and anachronistically idiosyncratic habits of the inhabitants of America over a century ago; the fundamental value of his work, however, lies in his understanding of human nature that does not change throughout time. More than most (if not all) writers on the American polity, he perceives how certain tendencies of human nature are revealed in the particular society founded upon practical wisdom, personal responsibility, self-reliance, and faith. Many of his disquisitions on these tendencies that could be accentuated in American democracy are now more thought-provoking than ever. One prominent example is his intuitive grasp of a challenge to Americans. He shows famously how they are practical and intent upon getting things done by combining in 'societies.' A problem could occur if ever the citizens in general become selfish and much less self-reliant: 'individualism' could arise. He articulates a bleak portrait of a society in which none care to take personal responsibility, but are willing to sacrifice freedom for temporary security. This is disquieting for modern society, and it would be well were more people to read his work and learn from it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    This one won't open on my Nook Color.

    When I try to open the book, I get an error dialog that says, "Sorry, cannot open this book." Well, I'm sorry, but I can't recommend what I can't read. I highly recommend "Democracy in America", just not this particular version of the book.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2012

    This one won't open on my Nook Color.

    When I try to open the book, I get an error dialog that says, "Sorry, cannot open this book." Well, I'm sorry, but I can't recommend what I can't read. I highly recommend "Democracy in America", just not this particular version of the book.

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