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Chasing the Red, White, and Blue

A Journey in Tocqueville's Footsteps Through Contemporary America

David Cohen

Picador

In 1831, Alexis de Tocqueville made his journey to America, traveling from New York to the frontier city of Flint, Michigan, down the Ohio River Valley and into Mississippi, then turning east through the Old South and concluding in Washington, D.C. His journey spawned the classic Democracy in America, the book that defined "equality of opportunity" as the wellspring national character.

At the end of the twentieth century, London journalist 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 thought-provoking inquiry into the lives of Americans today. Talking with people at every level of society—from Manhattan real estate brokers and Washington lobbyists to supermarket clerks and illegal aliens—Cohen finds equality elusive and the poor increasingly adrift from American society. But he also finds hope alive in the most unexpected of places.

Just as Democracy in America took the measure of our young republic, Chasing the Red, White, and Blue portrays a much-changed America on the cusp of a new millennium: still united by our passion for democracy, yet divided by our prejudices.

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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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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • 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

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