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by Alexis de Tocqueville

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Author: Alexis de Tocqueville
ISBN: 0451628012
ISBN13: 978-0451628015
Language: English
Publisher: Signet; Abridged edition (February 1, 1956)
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De Tocqueville was a French aristocrat who hated tyranny and feared that democracy would disintegrate into tyranny of the majority.

De Tocqueville was a French aristocrat who hated tyranny and feared that democracy would disintegrate into tyranny of the majority. To my mind, no student should graduate from high school in the United States without reading his observations and reflections on the American people, for we desperately need to renew our sense of not only the hope but the challenges of being an American and a commitment to support its survival as a democracy.

on target! Democracy in America is one of the seminal books of the American experience.

De Tocqueville did much more than that! In his long, brilliant and sage book he looks at America in. 1831. He points out American love for the practical, the religious community minded Americans who also enjoy making money in the volatile and exciting new nation. on target! Democracy in America is one of the seminal books of the American experience. 11 people found this helpful.

Nicholas Lezard finds Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America is as relevant and accurate today as it was . You will notice the American spellings have been retained. One hopes the Americans appreciate it.

Nicholas Lezard finds Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America is as relevant and accurate today as it was 150 years ag. Topics.

French nobleman Alexis de Tocqueville's classic treatise on the American . About Democracy in America. French nobleman Alexis de Tocqueville’s classic treatise on the American way of life.

French nobleman Alexis de Tocqueville's classic treatise on the American way of life. Over 175 years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville, an astute political scientist, came to the United States to evaluate the meaning and actual functioning of democracy.

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Author(s): Alexis de Tocqueville, Isaac Kramnick (Introduction). Gerald Bevan (Translation). ISBN: 0140447601 (ISBN13: 9780140447606).

French nobleman Alexis de Tocqueville's classic treatise on the . Here, Tocqueville discusses the advantages and dangers of majority rule-which he thought could be as tyrannical as the rule of a monarchy.

The Alexis de Tocqueville Tour was a series of programs produced by C-SPAN in 1997 and 1998 that followed the path taken by Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont through the United States during their 1831–32 visit

The Alexis de Tocqueville Tour was a series of programs produced by C-SPAN in 1997 and 1998 that followed the path taken by Alexis de Tocqueville and Gustave de Beaumont through the United States during their 1831–32 visit. It explored many of the themes that Tocqueville discussed in Democracy in America, the two-volume work that he wrote based on his American travels. A C-SPAN School Bus traveled to each of the stops made by Tocqueville and Beaumont

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A French aristocrat's account of the ways in which democratic ideals were applied in America during the nineteenth century
Comments to eBook Democracy in America: Abridged Edition (Penguin Books for History: U.S.)
Rko
This is a must read for anyone who truly wants an honest look at our nation when it was still young, as it was being evaluated by a not-unsympathetic outsider as he tried to understand the direction we might trend politically, socially, economically, and spiritually if we weren't careful, and why this political experiment in a Constitutional Republic would work here, in The United States of America, when it didn't seem to work anywhere else in the world. He explores the blessings and shortfalls of a democracy, who we were as a people when he visited our nation, and why we were as we were. His only mistake? He called us a "democracy." Our only mistake? We have forgotten that we are a Constitutional Republic, not a democracy. He was almost prophetic in his warnings because of his and our "mistakes."
Runehammer
Filled with historical recounts of a blossoming democracy. De Toqueville saw the pitfalls that would become of our union and forecasted tthem with almost startling precision. This is not an easy read but you'll get what you put into it. Recommend to anyone who wants to understand how our system started and the thinking behind what a French philosopher experienced back home.
Lanionge
Best: De Tocqueville's recognition of the enlivened society in the North (across the river from the slave society of the South as it existed). Development, enterprise, energy... vs. going thru the motions in a society where most were 'drudges'.
A 'heads up' to those who will read "1984" and "The Road to Serfdom", and watched "Hunger Games" - this contrasts the societies clearly: free and developing vs the people kept in mental chains (except our heroes, of course :-)
Made-with-Love
This abridged version is an excellent summary of "Democracy in America." Tocqueville knocked me off my feet when I read this book in 1997 and look forward to the full version in 2015. It's the best and worst in America, laid bare by a Frenchman who came to The States in 1835 to find for himself whether individuality, freedom and liberty could survive the dangers of equality and democracy. "[The nation] depends on [its people to determine] whether the principle of equality is to lead them to servitude or knowledge, to freedom or barbarism..." writes de Tocqueville. Only an outsider could so accurately assess a people. But de Tocqueville is eminently balanced, overall in favor (in my opinion) of what he saw, and thus dismissed in France upon his return.

He notes an American addiction to the practical rather than theoretical. A pragmatic concern, not for the lofty and perfect, but quick and useful, with relentless ambition, feverish activity, and unending quests for devices and shortcuts. Resulting from a requirement for survival on the frontier, these observations remain the good, bad and ugly of our modern selves. Resourceful technocrats expanding comfort, health, safety or wealth by anyone with ingenuity and persistence; our exchange of youth for old age in the workplace, improving our standard of living at the expense of our quality of life; and America's shallow nature of thought, sealed up in sound-bites.

Tocqueville finds in the sacred name of majority, a tyranny over the mind of Americans as oppressive and formidable as any other tyranny - arguably more so by virtue of its acceptance. Where monarchs failed to control thought, democracy succeeds. Opinion polls our politicians subscribe to have a power of conformity. "I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America," he writes. "It is as if the natural bond which unites the opinions of man to his tastes, and his actions to his principles is now broken..."

Of literature and art we see why so much pulp crowds the bookshelf and bamboozles fill our galleries; "Style will frequently be fantastic, incorrect, overburdened and loose," he writes. "Almost always vehement and bold. Authors will aim at rapidity of execution more than at perfection of detail... The object of authors will be to astonish rather than to please, to stir the passions more than charm the taste."

A fascinating evolution of perception - of self and state - unfolds as the democratization of education, property ownership and the vote expands. Wiping away the trappings of privilege transforms the serfdom mindset. We see the perception of opinion as both scoffed when originating in individuals other than ourselves, and, conversely, the worship of opinion as a manifestation of majority rule. Americans, once lionizing the intrepid individual, instead took a turn to having the most pride in their sameness. Armed with this understanding, today we see each group define itself by its signals - body language, speech cadence and inflection, vocabulary and dress. Every group has its code words, actions and look. A time consuming process of investigating character is exchanged for quicker, simpler signs.

The climax is reached with de Tocqueville's troubling "either or"; "We must understand what is wanted of society and its government," he writes. "Do you wish to give a certain elevation of the human mind and teach it to regard the things of this world with generous feelings, to inspire men with a scorn of mere temporal advantages, to form and nourish strong convictions and keep alive a spirit of honorable devotedness? Is it your object to refine the habits, embellish the manners and cultivate the arts, to promote the love of poetry, beauty and glory? If you believe such to be the principle object of society, avoid the government of democracy, for it would not lead you with certainty to the goal.

"But if you hold it expedient to divert the moral and intellectual activity of man to the production of comfort and promotion of general well being; if a clear understanding be more profitable to a man than genius; if your object be not to stimulate the virtues of heroism, but the habits of peace; if you had rather witness vices and crimes and are content to meet with fewer noble deeds, provided offences be diminished in the same proportion; if, instead of living in the midst of a brilliant society you are contented to have prosperity around you...to ensure the greatest enjoyment and to avoid the most misery...then establish democratic institutions." Tocqueville, one of those rare and timeless human treasures.
Gholbirdred
One of the most stricking and accurate evaluations of the American physical, mental and emotional existence then, now and in the future. De tocquevile, before our time, predicted most if not all of our successes and failures. And both congratulated and warned us of the paths we would wind up on if we chose to go left or right along the way. A compliment to the wisdom of men of his time and an insult to the pettyness of those of ours. Reading this book along with others like the Federalist Papers makes one wonder if we are progressing or regressing in our mental abilities and reasoning powers. I tend to think, the more I study the philosophies of his time and the ones presented today that we are moving backwards in knowledge, wisdom and common sense. The more technologically advanced we seem to become the more spoiled arrogant and naieve we seem to be in our social, economic and judicial practices. De Tocqueville and the men and women of his time were the true pioneers in mankinds attempt to be more than the sum of his parts. We have lost our way in regards to logic heading into the 21st century and the new millinium. And it will take men like our founders and De Tocqueville to lead the way back.
Monin
This guy was way ahead of his time. His observations and warnings are still applicable today. I am stunned that it took me so long to encounter Tocqueville in college (the first I heard of him was my senior year). I feel that everyone should read him at some point.
Onoxyleili
In my study of American Democracy, there is no book that has been more impressive in correctly predicting future events up until this very day. De Tocqueville's incredible timing, fortunate social position, and obvious brilliance have led to an absolutely indespensable work. I recommend this book to anyone studying history - or politics. The Heffner translation is refined and precise enough to keep the original work unblemished, but allows a "readability" that can be exhausting in other historical works.
The reader will find it almost impossible to believe this book was written in the 1830's. A masterpiece.
If you enjoy history this is one of the necessary reads.
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