Autumn Altman He is writing down his thoughts , although a bit unorganized, about the new government of the United States that was unlike anything history had ever seen before. He is stating how the government works and how it is stable enough to hold its own for years to come.
Alexander Alexander In this book de Toqueville, a French nobleman, writes down the lessons he learns (and he wants to draw for revolutionary France) from his stay in America, in particular in relation to the newly installed democracy there. He appears to make the case for a politically engaged citizenry and a bottom-up rather than a top-down governed society, where the power of the government rests with the people, who are equals before the law.
Terry This doesn't have a clear thesis like most political essays of the day. It reads more like an old science book that records details about observations. The observations center around the role of democracy. Tocqueville is not a slobbering fanboy nor is he bigoted against the US. He is very fair and measured. He points out strengths and weaknesses. Major themes here include: national character of the people of the US, threat of tyranny from the majority and how to avoid it, predictions about the future of the US (a disturbingly accurate view of the US in the future), the role of government in day to day life for Americans and others as well.