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“The Tocqueville Reader” Offers Range Of Insights Into Democracy

August 29, 2002-- The French political scientist Alexis de Tocqueville, one of the most brilliant thinkers of the 19th century, was fascinated by the idea of democracy and traveled widely to try to understand it. Author of perhaps the most influential book ever written about the United States and its institutions, “Democracy in America,” he has for almost two centuries helped Americans understand their government and national character.

A new book, “The Tocqueville Reader,” co-edited by Olivier Zunz, a history professor at the University of Virginia, brings together for the first time in English a comprehensive collection of all Tocqueville’s wide-ranging work.

The book, published by Blackwell Publishing and co-edited by Alan S. Kahan of Florida International University, includes not only key sections of Tocqueville’s major works, “Democracy in America” and “The Old Regime and the Revolution,” but also travel notes, letters, diary entries and important essays on such subjects as poverty, colonialism and socialism.

An in-depth introduction by Zunz, president of the Tocqueville Society, and Kahan gives an account of Tocqueville’s life, career and inspirations as a writer and thinker.

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union, countries in many parts of the world have begun re-examining Tocqueville’s ideas on the relationship between equality and freedom and on civil society as a necessary foundation of self-government, the editors point out. “In this Reader, our only ambition is to show how Tocqueville himself understood these connections.”

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EDITORS: For a review copy please contact Elizabeth Fraza at Blackwell Publishing at efraza@blackwellpub.com.

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