Democracy in America is arguably the most perceptive and influential book ever written about American politics and society. The Library of America now presents Arthur Goldhammer's acclaimed translation in a two-volume Paperback Classics edition. Winner of the 2004 Translation Prize awarded by the French-American Foundation, Goldhammer's elegant rendering is the first to capture fully the precision and grace of Tocqueville's style and the full force of his profound ideas and observations. Volume One (1835) and Volume Two (1840) are published separately, each with its own introductory essay by historian Olivier Zunz (Why the American Century?) exploring the creation and evolution of Tocqueville's masterpiece.
Alexis de Tocqueville wrote this classic in French after traveling across America. It is divided into two sections: the first, on government; the second, on the American character. It is considered one of the most perceptive and enduring descriptions of America and Americans ever written.
Genre: Political Science
Subgenre: Political Ideologies / Democracy, History + Theory