[UCP Books]: The Chicago Companion to Tocqueville's Democracy in America

“James T. Schleifer includes so many excellent quotations to illustrate his points that it’s conceivable that this book might be read tout seul, as a substitute for the real thing! I hope not. But virtually everything one needs to know about Democracy, including a taste for Tocqueville’s prose, is included in this fine companion.”

Michael Kammen, Cornell University
 

The Chicago Companion to Tocqueville's Democracy in America
By James T. Schleifer
 

Publication Date: May 15, 2012 Paper $15.00 • £9.50 
UK Publication Date: May 28, 2012 978-0-226-73704-1

 
 
Perhaps the greatest book ever written on the United States, Democracy in America continues to find new readers who marvel at the lasting insights Alexis de Tocqueville had into our nation and its political culture. The work is, however, as challenging as it is important; its arguments can be complex and subtle, and its sheer length can make it difficult for any reader, especially one coming to it for the first time, to grasp Tocqueville’s meaning.
 
Now James T. Schleifer, an expert on Tocqueville, has provided the background and information readers need in order to understand Tocqueville’s masterwork. In clear and engaging prose, Schleifer explains why Democracy in America is so important, how it came to be written, and how different generations of Americans have interpreted it since its publication. He also presents indispensable insight on who Tocqueville was, his trip to America, and what he meant by equality, democracy, and liberty. The Chicago Companion will serve generations of readers as an essential guide to both the man and his work.
 
 
James T. Schleifer is emeritus dean of the library and professor of history at the College of New Rochelle and has been a visiting lecturer at Yale University and the University of Paris. He is the author of the award-winning book The Making of Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America”; coeditor of De la démocratie en Amérique, a critical edition in the Pléiade series; and translator of the four-volume historical-critical edition of De la démocratie en Amérique edited by Eduardo Nolla. The author is available for interviews. Please contact Liz Fischer at efischer@press.uchicago.edu for more information.
 

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