Tocqueville’s Oeuvres Complètes Tome XVII: “Correspondance à divers”
In the Times Literary Supplement, Michael Sonenscher has reviewed the final volume of Tocqueville’s Œuvres Complètes:
Quite a few people, setting out for their first visit to, say, China from Britain or the United States would be likely, when they arrived, to want to find out more about its history, culture, economy, institutions and politics. Not many people setting out for their first visit to China would be likely, when they arrived, to want to find out more about what people in Britain or the US think about the history, culture, economy, institutions and politics of China. Alexis de Tocqueville, however, was one. The country, of course, was not China, but America and, when Tocqueville arrived in New York in the spring of 1831, he also had the confidence – or the nerve – to delegate the task of finding out what the French thought about America to one of his friends.