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Tocqueville's Discovery of America by Leo Damrosch
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Dec 17, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: x-feb-10-thru-jan-11, read-non-fiction
Read from December 17 to 30, 2010

As writer (actually, ghostwriter) for the director of a history museum, I have frequently delved into de Toqueville's Democracy in America, but I absolutely reveled in Damrosch's discussion of the young Frenchman's journey. Damrosch uses plenty of de Toqueville's best known work, but he also quotes from his letters and notes and from his companion Beaumont as well as other contemporary travelers and observers. It's a deep and fascinating exploration of an America that was but that also has continuing consequences that we experience 180 years later.

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