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Most of us probably donât learn about Alexis de Tocqueville in school anymore, but his masterpiece, Democracy in America, is still surprisingly resonant. When he came to America in 1831 to study our great political experiment, he puzzled over our strange struggles with religion and politics, work and money, sex and gender, and love and death. Clearly we havenât come as far as one might hope. But it wasnât all doom and gloomâand it isnât now. Tocqueville didnât just catalog our problems; he provided a manual on how to flourish despite them. In The Art of Being Free, journalist and scholar James Poulos puts Tocquevilleâs advice to work for a contemporary audience, showing us how to live sane, healthy, and happy lives amid our hectic, shifting world.
Poulos reveals what Tocquevilleâs beloved study tells us about everything from our relationship to technology and our obsession with appearances to our workaholism, our listlessness, and our ways of coping with stress. He explores how our uniquely American malaise can be alleviatedânot by the next wellness fad or self-help craze, but by the kind of fearless inventory-taking that has fallen out of fashion.
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