Democracy in America: And Two Essays on America (Penguin Classics)

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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.

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"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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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 Régime. Gerald Bevan is the translator. Issac Kramnick is Professor of Government at Cornell and edited The Federalist Papers for Penguin.

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