By Bernard-Henri Lévy
What does it suggest to be an American, and what can the United States be this day? to reply to those questions, celebrated thinker and journalist Bernard-Henri Lévy spent a 12 months touring during the kingdom within the footsteps of one other nice Frenchman, Alexis de Tocqueville, whose Democracy in the United States is still the main influential ebook ever written approximately our nation.
The result's American Vertigo, a desirable, completely 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, Lévy investigates concerns on the center of our democracy: the exact nature of yankee patriotism, the coexistence of freedom and faith (including the faith of baseball), the legal process, the “return of ideology” and the health and wellbeing of our political associations, and masses extra. He revisits and updates Tocqueville’s most vital ideals, resembling the hazards posed by means of “the tyranny of the majority,” explores what Europe and the United States need to study from one another, and translates what he sees with a novelist’s eye and a philosopher’s intensity.
Through robust interview-based photos around the spectrum of the yankee humans, from legal guards to priests, from Norman Mailer to Barack Obama, from Sharon Stone to Richard Holbrooke, Lévy fills his booklet with a tapestry of yank voices–some clever, a few stunning. either the grandeur and the hellish dimensions of yank lifestyles are unflinchingly explored. and large topics emerge all through, from the an important offerings the United States faces this present day to the underlying fact that, not like the “Old World,” the USA is still the achievement 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 a terrific yet a precise practice.
At a time whilst americans are apprehensive approximately how the realm perceives them and, certainly, prepared to make experience of themselves, a super and sympathetic overseas observer has arrived to aid us commence a brand new dialog in regards to the which means of the United States.
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