Democracy in America

ISBN-10: 0393929868

ISBN-13: 9780393929867

Edition: 2008

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The abridged edition of the enduring masterwork-- a classic portrait of America's culture and people Originally penned in the mid-nineteenth century by Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville, "Democracy in America" remains the most comprehensive, penetrating, and astute picture of American life, politics, and morals ever written, as relevant today as when it first appeared in print nearly two hundred years ago. This abridged edition by scholar and historian Scott A. Sandage includes a new introduction and editorial notes, and offers students and the general reader alike easy access to the preeminent translation by George Lawrence, widely recognized as the best translation based on the second revised and corrected text of the 1961 French edition, edited by J. P. Mayer.
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Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/21/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 896
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.738

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.

A Note on the Text
The Text of Democracy in America
Tocqueville Letters
To Ernest de Chabrol, New York, 9 June 1831
To M. Louis de Kergolay, Yonkers, 20 June 1831
To Ernest de Chabrol, Hartford, 7 October 1831
To the Countess de Tocqueville, On the Mississippi, 25 December 1831
To Eugene Stoffels, Paris, 21 February 1835
To Henry Reeve, Paris, 22 March 1837
To John Quincy Adams, Paris, 4 December 1837
Reviews of Democracy in America
Le Temps, Paris, April 1835
Revue des deux mondes, July-September 1840
Preface to 1838 American Edition of Democracy in America
Preface to 1841 American Edition of Democracy in America
The North American Review, July 1836
The United States Democratic Review, October 1837
The Knickerbocker; or The New York Monthly Magazine, September 1838
London Review, October 1835
Edinburgh Review, October 1840
Tocqueville as Ethnographer
Tocqueville and American Civilization
Many Tocquevilles
From Egoism to Individualism
Not by Preaching: Tocqueville on the Role of Religion in American Democracy
Archaism and Modernity
The Illiberal Tocqueville
Of Prophets and Prophecy
Individualism and Apathy in Tocqueville's Democracy
Many Democracies: On Tocqueville and Jacksonian America
Democracy and the Tyranny of the Majority
Life Everlasting: Tocqueville in America
Tocqueville and American Legal Studies: The Paradox of Liberty and Destruction
Selected Bibliography
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