By Bernard-Henri Levy
What does it suggest to be an American, and what can the USA be this present day? to reply to those questions, celebrated thinker and journalist Bernard-Henri L?vy spent a 12 months touring through the nation within the footsteps of one other nice Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville, whose Democracy in the United States is still the main influential e-book ever written approximately our nation. the result's American Vertigo, a desirable, utterly clean examine a rustic we occasionally merely 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 concerns 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 crucial ideals, comparable to the risks posed by means of “the tyranny of the majority,” explores what Europe and the United States need to examine from one another, and translates what he sees with a novelist’s eye and a philosopher’s intensity. via strong interview-based pix around the spectrum of the yankee humans, from criminal guards to monks, from Norman Mailer to Barack Obama, from Sharon Stone to Richard Holbrooke, L?vy fills his publication 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 issues emerge all through, from the an important offerings the United States faces this day to the underlying fact that, in contrast to the “Old World,” the United States is still the success of the world’s wish to worship, earn, and stay as one wishes–a position, regardless of all, the place inclusion continues to be not only an incredible yet an exact practice.At a time whilst american citizens are fearful approximately how the area perceives them and, certainly, prepared to make experience of themselves, an excellent and sympathetic overseas observer has arrived to assist us start a brand new dialog in regards to the that means of America.From the Hardcover variation.
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