Book Discussion on American Vertigo: Traveling America

Bernard-Henri Levy, French philosopher and author, discussed his book American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville,… read more

Bernard-Henri Levy, French philosopher and author, discussed his book American Vertigo: Traveling America in the Footsteps of Tocqueville, published by Random House. For his book, the author interviewed Americans from various backgrounds, including the famous and the struggling workers. He highlighted contradictions in American lifestyles, including actors pleading for the poor in their luxurious homes while those same poor struggle to pay their own rent. Despite being surrounded by anti-American sentiment, Mr. Levy maintains optimism for the future of a country he admires for its culture and political vision.

Then, Mr. Levy participated in a discussion with William Kristol, a political analyst and commentator. The panelists discussed their differences in ideology regarding politics and religion in the modern American system. They also discussed ideas expressed in newspapers, essays, books, and academic papers they had written. Following their discussion, the panelists responded to questions and comments from members of the audience. Francis Fukuyama, the director of the SAIS International Development Program, moderated the discussion. close

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Jan 29, 2006
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