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Reading Tocqueville in America

11:26 AM, Feb 7, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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What we need, here at the beginning of the century, is a fresh examination -- one that begins from Tocqueville's own concerns and not from our desire to use him for our political battles. Mansfield and Winthrop (the translators are a married couple as well as distinguished political theorists and Tocqueville scholars) have contributed immeasurably to that task by providing hundreds of notes identifying events, allusions, and names that are no longer familiar, and by providing an accurate and readable translation of Democracy in America, one far superior to the old editions.

Whole thing here.

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