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Alexis De Tocqueville: Democracy's Guide
 
 
Author
Joseph Epstein.
Publisher Atlas & Co  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8 x 5.25 x 0.55 inches
ISBN 9780061768880
Pages/Publication Date 208/2006
Daedalus Item Code 23942
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Alexis de Tocqueville was among the first foreigners to recognize and trumpet the grandness of the American project. His two-volume classic Democracy in America, published in 1835, offered not only a vivid account of the still-young nation but also famously predicted what the nation would become, and firmly established his place in U.S. history. Yet in his own time, Tocqueville had little evidence for the truth of his ideas. Introspective, sickly, prone to self-doubt, he was a most unlikely visionary. In wry, elegant prose, Joseph Epstein offers this engaging and human portrait of the Frenchman who would become an American icon.

"Tocqueville is fortunate enough to have Epstein, another man of letters lighting the way. Epstein provides a penetrating examination of the man, his works, his influence, his times and what we can learn from Democracy in America. Epstein performs sterling service in marshaling the vast amount of material available on this enigmatic 19th-century Frenchman, and gives readers a clear understanding of the immense complexities involved: Tocqueville is much more than a source of useful epigrams and half-remembered misquotes. Was he a conservative, a liberal, a Christian, an agnostic, a historian, a sociologist, a reactionary aristocrat or a radical bourgeois? The answer, Epstein concludes, was that he was all and none; each era has its own understanding of the man, refracted through the particular concerns of the time, lending Tocqueville an aura of timelessness. His exquisite literary sensibility also helps to keep him fresh for each new generation. As an introduction to the man and a primer for his works, Epstein's book is admirable."Publishers Weekly

 
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