By Bernard-Henri Lévy
What does it suggest to be an American, and what can the US be this present day? to respond to those questions, celebrated thinker and journalist Bernard-Henri Lévy spent a yr touring during the nation 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 kingdom.
The result's American Vertigo, a desirable, completely clean examine a rustic we occasionally basically 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 distinct nature of yank patriotism, the coexistence of freedom and faith (including the faith of baseball), the criminal approach, 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, similar to the risks posed by means of “the tyranny of the majority,” explores what Europe and the USA need to study from one another, and translates what he sees with a novelist’s eye and a philosopher’s intensity.
Through strong interview-based pics around the spectrum of the yankee humans, from criminal 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 existence are unflinchingly explored. and massive topics emerge all through, from the the most important offerings the US faces this day to the underlying fact that, not like the “Old World,” the USA continues to be the achievement of the world’s wish to worship, earn, and reside as one wishes–a position, regardless of all, the place inclusion continues to be not only an awesome yet a precise practice.
At a time whilst american citizens are frightened approximately how the area perceives them and, certainly, willing to make experience of themselves, an excellent and sympathetic international observer has arrived to aid us commence a brand new dialog in regards to the which means of the United States.