Book review

After Tocqueville – the curious adventures of Bernard-Henri Lévy and Don Watson

5 Jul 2013

Review Details
Date: 5 July 2013
Author: D.N. Byrne
Publisher: Australian Review of Public Affairs (ARPA)
Owning Institution(s): University of Sydney

Book Details
Title: American Vertigo: On the Road from Newport to Guantánamo (in the Footsteps of Alexis de Tocqueville)
Publisher: Gibson Square
Date Published: 2006
Author/s: Bernard-Henri Lévy

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Title: American Journeys
Publisher: Vintage Books Australia
Author/s: Don Watson

In 1830 and 1831, as the facts about the New World increasingly challenged the myths about the New World, the French political theorist, Alexis de Tocqueville, journeyed across the nascent American democracy. Two hundred years after de Toqueville’s birth, a French philosopher and an Australian historian made their own journeys around the United States, recording observations and reflections. The trope of the stranger in a strange land shapes their observations and reflections upon the forms of American life that they encounter—yet while both ostensibly write about American society, the reader finds narratives of two very different Americas.

Read D.N. Byrne's full article in the Australian Review of Public Affairs (176).

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