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Tocqueville on American Character: Why Tocqueville's Brilliant Exploration of the American Spirit is as Vital and Important Today as It Was Nearly Two Hundred Years Ago

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In 1831, Alexis De Tocqueville, a twenty-six-year-old French aristocrat, spent nine months travelling across the United States. From the East Coast to the frontier, from the Canadian border to New Orleans, Tocqueville observed the American people and the revolutionary country they'd created. His celebrated Democracy in America, the most quoted work on America ever written, ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published October 5th 2001 by Truman Talley Books (first published July 14th 2000)
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Gus Breymann
The fact that Ledeen describes Alexis de Tocqueville's opinions in the present tense disregards the possibility that American character may have evolved since the historian and sociologist toured the U. S. in the early 1830s.
Kenneth E
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book.

Makes me feel proud to be an American!

Now I can thumb my nose at the rest of the world that thinks we are a greedy, aggressive, and haughty people.

We have saved a lot of lives and protected many nations including all of Europe from being taken over as dictatorships (Hitler, Stalin, etc.).

We as an immigrant nation have been at the forefront as inventors, rules of law, and protectors of freedoms. Many nations owe us gratitude for the advancement of democracy, freedom, and ingenuity.


Patrick
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is historical analysis, so I didn't read it for pleasure. It is just so important to comprehend the thesis of deTocqueville, who has never been well translated. Ledeen does fantastic job in explaining deTocqueville, and BTW, it is an EASY read.

I will read more from Ledeen, possibly Machiavelli next. Machiavelli too is often quoted by many, who seem to me mediocre analysts.
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