Chasing the Red, White, and Blue

A Journey in Tocqueville's Footsteps Through Contemporary America

David Cohen

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Using Democracy in America as his model, acclaimed British and South African journalist David Cohen retraces Alexis de Tocqueville’s journey around the country to observe how the balance between the rich and the poor has changed over the past 150 years. Traveling from New York to the Ohio River Valley, the deep South, California, and finally to Washington, D.C., Cohen captures an America where inequality is balanced by unquenchable hope.

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Praise for Chasing the Red, White, and Blue

“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

“Extraordinary...an 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 protégé, David Cohen.” —Ron Powers, co-author of Flags of Our Fathers

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David Cohen

David Cohen has written for the Independent, British GQ, and the Guardian Weekend Magazine, as well as The New York Times. In 1997, Cohen was the recipient of the Harkness Fellowship, which he used to research and write this book. He lives in London with his wife and two daughters.

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

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Picador
January 2003
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780312302498
ISBN10: 0312302495
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 320 pages
$19.00
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