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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

By Michael Arthur Ledeen, 1941-

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, presented the new Americans with a degree of understanding no one had accomplished before or has since. Astonished at the pace of daily life and stimulated by people at all levels of society, Tocqueville recognized that Americans were driven by a series of internal conflicts: simultaneously religious and materialistic; individualistic and yet deeply involved in community affairs; isolationist and interventionist; pragmatic and ideological.

Noted author Michael Ledeen takes a fresh look at Tocqueville's insights into our national psyche and asks whether Americans' national character, which Tocqueville believed to be wholly admirable, has fallen into moral decay and religious indifference.

Michael Ledeen's sparkling new exploration has some surprising answers and provides a lively new look at a time when character is at the center of our national debate.

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2000

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0312252315


Format: Book
Author: Ledeen, Michael Arthur, 1941-
Title: 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 / Michael A. Ledeen.
Publisher Date: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
Subject: Tocqueville, Alexis de, 1805-1859 -- Political and social views. National characteristics, American United States -- Civilization
Isbn: 0312252315
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Format: Book
Author: Ledeen, Michael Arthur, 1941-
Title: 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 / Michael A. Ledeen.
Edition: 1st ed.
Publisher, Date: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.
Description: 229 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Tocqueville, Alexis de, 1805-1859 -- Political and social views.
Subjects: National characteristics, American
Subjects: United States -- Civilization
Notes: "Truman Talley books."
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-220) and index.
LCCN: 00029690
ISBN: 0312252315
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Call Number: 973 Led