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Democracy in America

The Arthur Goldhammer Translation

Democracy in America( )
Author: de Tocqueville, Alexis
Translator: Goldhammer, Arthur
Introduction by: Zunz, Olivier
ISBN:978-1-59853-151-0
Publication Date:Feb 2012
Publisher:Library of America, The
Book Format:Paperback
List Price:USD $14.95
Book Description:

Democracy in America is arguably the most perceptive and influential book ever written about American politics and society. The Library of America now presents Arthur Goldhammer's acclaimed translation in a two-volume Paperback Classics edition. Winner of the 2004 Translation Prize awarded by the French-American Foundation, Goldhammer's elegant rendering is the first to capture fully the precision and grace of Tocqueville's style and the full force of his profound ideas and...
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Book Details
Pages:544
Detailed Subjects: Political Science / Political Ideologies / Democracy
History / United States / 19Th Century
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.1 x 8 x 1.1 Inches
Book Weight:1.219 Pounds
Author Biography
de Tocqueville, Alexis (Author)
French writer and politician Alexis de Tocqueville was born in Verneuil to an aristocratic Norman family. He entered the bar in 1825 and became an assistant magistrate at Versailles. In 1831, he was sent to the United States to report on the prison system. This journey produced a book called On the Penitentiary System in the United States (1833), as well as a much more significant work called Democracy in America (1835--40), a treatise on American society and its political system. Active in French politics, Tocqueville also wrote Old Regime and the Revolution (1856), in which he argued that the Revolution of 1848 did not constitute a break with the past but merely accelerated a trend toward greater centralization of government. Tocqueville was an observant Catholic, and this has been cited as a reason why many of his insights, rather than being confined to a particular time and place, reach beyond to see a universality in all people everywhere.

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