Alexis de Tocqueville: A Biography
Alexis de Tocqueville was one of the greatest political thinkers of all time. Born a French aristocrat, he lost nearly his entire family in the Reign of Terror, and spent most of his adult life struggling for liberty under the unsuccessful regimes of nineteenth-century France. He was a man of apparent contradictions: an aristocrat who believed in democracy, a conservative with liberal ideals, an agnostic with Christian faith in humanity. At age 25 he traveled to America and encountered democracy for the first time. This firsthand experience contributed to his incisive writing on liberty and democracy. His book The Ancien Régime launched the scholarly study of the French Revolution, and Democracy in America remains the best book ever written by a European about the United States. In the first full-length biography in English, historian Brogan puts the man and his ideas together for a fuller understanding of how his influential interpretations came into being.--From publisher description.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - mortensengarth - LibraryThing
i did not read this entire book. biographical book on alexis, i.e. a longer version of the biographies found at the starts of all his books. he came from french aristocracy, and maybe taking from ... Read full review
Alexis de Tocqueville: a lifeUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
Since its first publication in 1835, Tocqueville'sDemocracy in America has remained at the center of the discussion of American character and of the nature-and dangers-of democracy in the modern world ... Read full review