By Bernard-Henri Levy
What does it suggest to be an American, and what can the United States be this present day? to reply to those questions, celebrated thinker and journalist Bernard-Henri L?vy spent a 12 months touring in the course of the kingdom within the footsteps of one other nice Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville, whose Democracy in the USA continues to be the main influential booklet ever written approximately our nation. the result's American Vertigo, a desirable, fully clean examine a rustic we occasionally in basic terms imagine we all know. From Rikers Island to Chicago mega-churches, from Muslim groups in Detroit to an Amish enclave in Iowa, L?vy investigates matters on the center of our democracy: the distinctive nature of yank patriotism, the coexistence of freedom and faith (including the faith of baseball), the legal procedure, the “return of ideology” and the wellbeing and fitness of our political associations, and lots more and plenty extra. He revisits and updates Tocqueville’s most vital ideals, comparable to the risks posed via “the tyranny of the majority,” explores what Europe and the USA need to research from one another, and translates what he sees with a novelist’s eye and a philosopher’s intensity. via robust interview-based images around the spectrum of the yank humans, from legal guards to priests, from Norman Mailer to Barack Obama, from Sharon Stone to Richard Holbrooke, L?vy fills his ebook with a tapestry of yankee voices–some clever, a few surprising. either the grandeur and the hellish dimensions of yank existence are unflinchingly explored. and large subject matters emerge all through, from the the most important offerings the US faces this present day to the underlying fact that, in contrast to the “Old World,” the United States continues to be the achievement of the world’s wish to worship, earn, and dwell as one wishes–a position, regardless of all, the place inclusion is still not only a terrific yet a precise practice.At a time while americans are frightened approximately how the area perceives them and, certainly, willing to make feel of themselves, a super and sympathetic international observer has arrived to aid us commence a brand new dialog concerning the that means of America.From the Hardcover variation.
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American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville by Bernard-Henri Levy