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Democracy in America (Perennial Classics) Paperback – July 25, 2000

ISBN-13: 978-0060956660 ISBN-10: 0060956666 Edition: 0th

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  • Series: Perennial Classics
  • Paperback: 778 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics (July 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060956666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060956660
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[George Lawrence's] wonderful style has given us a work that will be a standard for many years." -- --Library Joural

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Text: English, French (translation)

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If one wants to exercise his or her brain, then this is the book for you.
CLM
Despite the loss of the Wild West, local energy and uniform religion, America today certainly enjoys great prosperity.
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De Tocqueville's seminal work rings true today and gives a great perspective on our past, present and future.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Richard B. Bernstein on November 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
George Lawrence's translation, which migrated from Harper & Row to Doubleday back to HarperCollins, is far and away the best translation of this classic study of democracy and American life. Lawrence is more accurate than the old Henry Reeve translation (even as revised by Phillips Bradley) kept in print by Vintage, and livelier than the stodgy translation inflicted on us by Harvey C. Mansfield Jr. for the University of Chicago Press.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "amart02" on February 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
Anyone wishing to better understand how it is that America achieved it's current position in the world must read this book. De Tocqueville's seminal work rings true today and gives a great perspective on our past, present and future. Everything that has ever happened in America's relatively short history, up to and including our most recent presidential election and the attacks of September 11th are better understood after reading this timeless classic.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 22, 2011
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If you click for the Kindle edition from the print edition of the Bevan translation, you will get the Reeve translation. In fact, I just downloaded eight samples of various editions for Kindle, and they're ALL the Reeve translation. For this book, I really wouldn't mind paying a real, non-public domain price for, say, the Lawrence translation. I don't mean to downgrade DeToqueville in any way, but there doesn't seem to be any other way to bring this to the attention of my fellow customers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CLM on May 11, 2013
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If one wants to exercise his or her brain, then this is the book for you. This book is an easy read with many eye opener looks at America back then through the eyes and mind of one who did not live here, but who saw and experienced a culture which was unlike any he had experienced before. Really excellent reading.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Loi T. Ma on August 30, 2013
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Although more than a century long, Tocqueville's work keep echoing, inspiring our time. It is grateful to our founding father had invented a new form of government truely for people, by people and continue to pursuit a greater happiness in the future. A great work of the Tocqueville was also to write a detail manual of Democracy as reference regardless race, culture or geography as long as the government assures an absolute freedom to the people. America does not own Democracy. America proves there is a Democracy. Ironicly, there are plenty of nations in the world today still insist that Democracy is not for them. Freedom of speech, religion and election are fancy terms instead of persecution, prisoment is common solution to whom pursuit those freedom. Nonetheless, there are many nations in the world inherits Tocqueville's work to become a world power. It was a great work!
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