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Chasing the Red, White and Blue By David Cohen

Chasing the Red, White and Blue
by David Cohen

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A journey in Alexis de Tocqueville's footsteps through contemporary America. At a time of national and global crisis, Cohen's fresh observations on the nature of the American spirit, the American Dream, and of democracy itself are particularly relevant.
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Chasing the Red, White and Blue: A Journey in Tocqueville's Footsteps Through Contemporary America by David Cohen

In 1931, a 26 year old Frenchman named Alexis de Tocqueville made a journey to America to see what his own country and all of Europe might have, in his own words, "to fear or hope from its progress". The result of his visit was the classic text, Democracy in America. His distillation of America's national character is widely regarded, even today, as perhaps the most insightful ever written. But is it? Award-winning British journalist, David Cohen, asked himself that very question. To answer it, he set off across America following Tocqueville's footsteps. The result is Chasing the Red, White and Blue: A Journey in Tocqueville's Footsteps through Contemporary America. During his stay in the U.S., Tocqueville travelled the length and breadth of the country, talking to everyone, from ordinary folk to the cream of New York society, and from prison inmates to President Andrew. At the end of the 20th century, David Cohen made that same journey, with one new destination - the frontier of Silicon Valley in California. Chasing the Red, White and Blue is his account: a funny, powerful, troubling and thought-provoking enquiry into the lives of Americans today. Having talked to people across the full range of society Cohen finds equality elusive and the poor increasingly adrift from American society. At the same time, he finds hope alive in the most poignant of places.

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Chasing the Red, White and Blue Reviews

"A lively, easy-to-read piece of analytical journalism... Cohen succeeds in capturing the ethos of the country as it sped into the new century." --"Los Angeles Times""A thoughtful indictment of growing inequality in the United States...impressive." --"The Washington Post"" important and long-overdue revisiting of [Tocqueville's] landmark work." --"Richmond Times-Dispatch""A strong book...Worthy of the model that inspired it." --"American Way""An essential addition to the bookshelves of any Americophile." --"The Times" (London)"The kind of heroic, epic investigation of the American soul that we used to associate with such native-born giants as James Agee and John Steinbeck...Alexis de Tocqueville would bow to the achievement of his protege, David Cohen." --Ron Powers, co-author of" Flags of Our Fathers"

About David Cohen

David Cohen is an award-winning British and South African journalist who has written for "The Independent, The Guardian, The Financial Times, " and British "GQ," as well as for "The New York Times." He was born in Birmingham, England, grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and returned to England in the late eighties to attend Oxford University where he studied politics, philosophy and economics. He came to the United States in 1997 on a Harkness Fellowship and was hosted by Columbia University for three years. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters. This is his first book.

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Chasing the Red, White and Blue: A Journey in Tocqueville's Footsteps Through Contemporary America by David Cohen
David Cohen
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