Democracy in America (Excerpts)

  • by Alexis de Tocqueville
  • Narrated by George Guidall
  • 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Highlights Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Alexis de Tocqueville's renowned analysis of American democracy still has relevance today. In 1831 de Tocqueville was sent to America by the French government to study the U.S. penal system, but his real aim was to observe a democratic republic firsthand to see if such an entity could function with dignity and humanity. His travels, which took him to the cities of the Northeast, to the frontier and the Great Lakes, down the Mississippi and through the South, showed him a great deal about the United States. In 1834, he wrote Democracy in America, in which he examines the advantages and pitfalls of democracy, the conditions and conflicts among the races, and the movements that grip the country.

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Audible Editor Reviews

A classic of travel literature, of political writing, and of world history, Alexis de Tocqueville’s Democracy in America introduced America to the world before it was dry behind the ears. And since its publication in 1835, it has introduced countless Americans to themselves. This young Frenchman witnessed America in the throes of its moody pre-adolescence. His comments on economic inequality, American slavery, and the rise of America as a world power still thrill for their political insight and their prescience. The excerpts here, narrated with a fusty, old-school verve by George Guidall, are not only crucial historical documents, but constitute some of the gems of American political literature.

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Democracy in America

Please rerecord the book. You can hardly understand the voice of the narrator.
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- Michael

Miserable Audio Quality

A great work of historical literature absolutely marred by the low quality of the recording. The audio is grainy and the speaker's voice is therefore transformed into a muddled rasp. This is unacceptable for an audio book and reveals Audible's stunning lack of failure in quality control.

This book, unfortunately, was my first choice as a new member at Audible; if it points to the standard for their other collections I will not subscribe for long.
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- Joseph

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-16-1999
  • Publisher: Recorded Books