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America Through Foreign Eyes

Classic Interpretations of American Political Life

James Barrett Lamb

The chapters in this volume address the issue of why and how foreign observers view American politics the way they do. By including selections from five of the most widely cited foreign observers of American politics and history, this volume not only provides and engaging historical overview of American democracy, but also directs attention to how and why these interpretations inform debate today. Included in the volume are excerpts from classic texts by Alexis de Tocqueville, James Bryce, Gunnar Myrdal, Harold Laski, and Simone de Beauvoir.

Readership : Supplementary text for courses in political science, American history and sociology.

1. America Through Foreign Eyes
2. The Future Unfolding in America: Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America (1835, 1840)
3. The Careful Empiricist: James Bryce, The American Commonwealth (1888)
4. Understanding America's Greatest Failure: Gunnar Myrdal An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and American Democracy (1994)
5. The Europeanization of America? Harold J. Laski, The American Democracy (1948)
6. The Ambivalent Sojourner: Simone de Beauvoir, America Day by Day (1948)

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Special Features

  • Each Chapter begins with a introduction by the author explaning the significance of the work by examining its most salient points
  • Includes selections from five prominent thinkers about American politics and society including: Alexis de Tocqueville, James Bryce, Gunnar Myrdal, Harold J. Laski, and Simone de Beauvoir
  • Chronological organization by author allows readers to see the changing nature of political issues