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Democracy in America: And Two Essays on America

Alexis de Tocqueville Isaac Kramnick Gerald Bevan

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Penguin Classics
20 May 2003
Literary essays; History of the Americas; Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900; Political structures: democracy; Penguin Black Classics; Literature, Poetry & Criticism
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.
By:   Alexis de Tocqueville
Edited by:   Isaac Kramnick
Translated by:   Gerald Bevan
Imprint:   Penguin Classics
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 198mm,  Width: 129mm,  Spine: 42mm
Weight:   671g
ISBN:   9780140447606
ISBN 10:   0140447601
Pages:   992
Publication Date:   20 May 2003
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Chronology; further reading; translator's notes; democracy in America, notes; Two Weeks in the Wilderness ; Excursion to Lake Oneida .

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.

Reviews for Democracy in America: And Two Essays on America

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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