By Bernard-Henri Levy
What does it suggest to be an American, and what can the USA be this present day? to reply 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 US is still 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 matters on the middle of our democracy: the precise nature of yank patriotism, the coexistence of freedom and faith (including the faith of baseball), the felony procedure, the “return of ideology” and the health and wellbeing of our political associations, and masses extra. He revisits and updates Tocqueville’s most crucial ideals, corresponding to the hazards posed by means of “the tyranny of the majority,” explores what Europe and the United States need to examine from one another, and translates what he sees with a novelist’s eye and a philosopher’s intensity. via robust interview-based snap shots around the spectrum of the yank humans, from legal guards to priests, from Norman Mailer to Barack Obama, from Sharon Stone to Richard Holbrooke, L?vy fills his e-book with a tapestry of yank voices–some clever, a few surprising. either the grandeur and the hellish dimensions of yank lifestyles are unflinchingly explored. and large subject matters emerge all through, from the an important offerings the US faces this day to the underlying truth that, in contrast to the “Old World,” the US is still the success 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 a terrific yet a precise practice.At a time while american citizens are fearful approximately how the area perceives them and, certainly, willing to make feel of themselves, a super and sympathetic international observer has arrived to aid us commence a brand new dialog concerning the that means of America.From the Hardcover version.
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I'm still in Cooperstown, but now I'm in the Farmers' Museum, which owns many artifacts and exhibits the crafts and traditions of rural American life. These brand-new nineteenth-century costumes. Le Voyage en Amérique = 29 This canoe that smells of green wood, from which a copy of an Indian knife is dangling. A tomahawk with its wooden handle freshly cut. A cardboard cow, warranted to be a faithful reproduction of the cows of that era. Dr. Jackson's office, his instrument case, his water pitcher, his stethoscope, his washbasin.
One of them asks. "Is this your first experience? Did you like it? I'm glad you did, since there are as many bed-andbreakfasts as there are owners. Everyone puts their mark on it—it's an art, a religion. ' We don't make any difference here between religions—no more than we would with the Yankees and the Red Sox. " (She has turned toward a customer in shorts and undershirt who is sitting at the table next to mine. ) "See, he doesn't know. That means it doesn't count. And you—what are you? Oh! Jewish.
Here is another scene, which makes me lean toward the second hypothesis. I'm still in Cooperstown, but now I'm in the Farmers' Museum, which owns many artifacts and exhibits the crafts and traditions of rural American life. These brand-new nineteenth-century costumes. Le Voyage en Amérique = 29 This canoe that smells of green wood, from which a copy of an Indian knife is dangling. A tomahawk with its wooden handle freshly cut. A cardboard cow, warranted to be a faithful reproduction of the cows of that era.
American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville by Bernard-Henri Levy