By Bernard-Henri Levy
What does it suggest to be an American, and what can the US be at the present time? to respond to those questions, celebrated thinker and journalist Bernard-Henri L?vy spent a yr 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, completely clean examine a rustic we occasionally simply 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 particular nature of yank patriotism, the coexistence of freedom and faith (including the faith of baseball), the legal approach, the “return of ideology” and the healthiness of our political associations, and masses extra. He revisits and updates Tocqueville’s most vital ideals, akin to the hazards posed through “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 photos around the spectrum of the yank humans, from criminal guards to priests, from Norman Mailer to Barack Obama, from Sharon Stone to Richard Holbrooke, L?vy fills his publication with a tapestry of yank voices–some clever, a few stunning. either the grandeur and the hellish dimensions of yank existence are unflinchingly explored. and massive issues emerge all through, from the the most important offerings the US faces this day to the underlying truth that, not like the “Old World,” the United States continues to be the achievement of the world’s wish to worship, earn, and stay as one wishes–a position, regardless of all, the place inclusion is still not only an excellent yet an exact practice.At a time whilst americans are apprehensive approximately how the area perceives them and, certainly, prepared to make feel of themselves, a super 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 version.
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