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Alexis de Tocqueville: Democracy's Guide

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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, not only offered a vivid account of what was then a new nation but famously predicted what that nation would become. His startling prescience, as well as the endurance of his political ideas, h ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by Eminent Lives
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Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Fascinating person. Epstein's three deep readings of Democracy in America, combined with extensive research on Tocqueville's life through other primary and secondary sources, have enabled him to paint a biographical portrait that will serve as a great introduction to Tocqueville's works. Epstein ranks Tocqueville with Plato, Montesquieu and others as one of the world's greatest, most profound and most influential political thinkers. Although Tocqueville was tormented by doubts, perso ...more
Apr 10, 2011 rated it liked it
This was a short introductory bio on Tocqueville by Joseph Epstein. I had seen some of his essays before and realized he lived in the area. I gave his Tocqueville book a try and it was fairly good. He is excellent at distilling the basic ideas in Democracy in America and give an effective introduction to his life, work, and continuing relevance. This is not particularly deep but it can clearly get to the point.
Dec 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Epstein writes a short biography of Tocqueville, heavy on his writings, and includes many quotations, for which he is to be thanked. He does see Tocqueville with a slight conservative eye (in part seeing in Tocqueville a fear of centralization of power ahead of everything else, but it does not overwhelm this fairly brisk read).
Steve Fox
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
I am a sucker for Tocqueville for many reasons. This is a nice entry point to reading about the motivations behind some of his writing - particularly Democracy in America. Feeling smarter after reading it.
Graham Polando
Jun 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Typically great writing on an inspiring character, but really suffers from what seems like a complete lack of organization. Worth reading, but ultimately a bit disappointing.
Mar 01, 2013 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
marki jones
Aug 02, 2007 marked it as to-read
Man's damn name has been in my head since a political thought class I took in 2004...
Chris Palo
Mar 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Very very interesting guy. The biography is a little scatterbrained, but works in the end. The most interesting parts have more to do with his writing than him as a person.
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Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
I loved the brevity (without sacrificing content) and this has a smooth style, a very conversational tone.
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