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Letters from America by Alexis de Tocqueville
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May 31, 2011

really liked it

Just what the title says, this is collection of letters that de Tocqueville wrote to family and friends when he visited the United States in 1831-2. The history and observations are quite interesting but I couldn't read too many of the letters at one time mainly because of his style which would have been common in his day - very florid and emotional. One wonders why he actually stayed in the US as long as he did since he constantly refers to missing everyone and worrying about conditions in France. Of interest among his observations of Americans that he mentions several times are the extreme religiosity in the US, their preoccupation with making money and that young women have a lot of freedom but once married they are seldom seen.

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