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American vertigo : traveling America in the footsteps of Tocqueville

Author: Bernard Henri Lévy
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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What does it mean to be an American, and what can America be today? Philosopher-journalist Lévy spent a year traveling in the footsteps of Alexis de Tocqueville. The result is a fresh look at a country we sometimes only think we know. From Rikers Island to Chicago mega-churches, from Muslim communities in Detroit to an Amish enclave in Iowa, Lévy investigates issues at the heart of our democracy: the nature of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Reisebericht 2005
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Lévy, Bernard Henri.
American vertigo.
New York : Random House, c2006
(OCoLC)596118897
Online version:
Lévy, Bernard Henri.
American vertigo.
New York : Random House, c2006
(OCoLC)607672033
Named Person: Bernard Henri Lévy; Alexis de Tocqueville; Bernard Henri Lévy; Alexis de Tocqueville; Bernard Henri Lévy; Alexis de Tocqueville
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Bernard Henri Lévy
ISBN: 1400064341 9781400064342 9780739472897 0739472895
OCLC Number: 62118425
Description: 308 p. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Le voyage en Amérique. First visions (from Newport to Des Moines) --
Moving west (from Kalona to Livingston) --
The Pacific wall (from Seattle to San Diego) --
Desert vertigo (from Vegas to Tempe) --
Gone with the South (from Austin to Little Rock) --
Eye of the hurricane (from Miami to Pittsburgh) --
The beautiful and the damned (from Washington, D.C., back to Cape Cod) --
Reflections. What does it mean to be an American? --
American ideology and the question of terrorism (the current state of affairs) --
Has America gone mad? --
Postscript.
Responsibility: Bernard-Henri Lévy.
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What does it mean to be an American, and what can America be today? Philosopher-journalist Lévy spent a year traveling in the footsteps of Alexis de Tocqueville. The result is a fresh look at a country we sometimes only think we know. From Rikers Island to Chicago mega-churches, from Muslim communities in Detroit to an Amish enclave in Iowa, Lévy investigates issues at the heart of our democracy: the nature of American patriotism, the coexistence of freedom and religion (including the religion of baseball), the prison system, the health of our political institutions, and much more. Both the grandeur and the hellish dimensions of American life are unflinchingly explored. At a time when Americans are anxious about how the world perceives them and, indeed, keen to make sense of themselves, a brilliant and sympathetic foreign observer has arrived to help us begin a new conversation about the meaning of America.--From publisher description.

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