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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (8,323 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexis de Tocqueville Narrator: John Pruden Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In 1831 Alexis de Tocqueville, a young French aristocrat and civil servant, made a nine-month journey through eastern America. The result was Democracy in America, a monumental study of the strengths and weaknesses of the nation’s evolving politics. Tocqueville looked to the flourishing democratic system in America as a possible model for post-revolutionary France, believing its egalitarian ideals reflected the spirit of the age—even that they were the will of God. His insightful work has become one of the most influential political texts ever written on America and an indispensable authority for anyone interested in the future of democracy.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Scott | 2/20/2014

    " Another wonderful political philosphy book. I have read parts of this over the years but I just decided to read the whole thing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Diana madden | 2/17/2014

    " When my daughter was a high school senior she joined a competitive civics class (not kidding) and all the discussion of the nature and history of US government systems and principles turned my thoughts to this classic that I'd been meaning to get to for, a long time. So many of his observations about the character of US citizens just after the republic formed still holds today, its a time capsule and a fount of insight into our collective mindset, seen clearly by an outsider who had survived a governmental upheaval of a very different sort in his native France prior to his travels on this continent. A classic worthy of the label. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Gray Natasha | 2/16/2014

    " Long book with a lot to think about. This is not an easy read, but it is thought provoking. Yes, Tocqueville did not see everything, but who can? I found his comparisons of the US, where much decision making was local, and France, which was centralized, fascinating, given the continued debate over local v. state v. federal control on so many issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nicole | 2/15/2014

    " I only read Vol 1 of this book for class. What I read was quite profound and for Tocqueville only being in his mid 20s when he wrote this; it is quite impressive. "

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