Dr. James Nolan is a professor of sociology at Williams College. He will be giving a public lecture on his new book, What They Saw in America: Alexis de Tocqueville, Max Weber, G.K. Chesterton, and Sayyid Qutb.
The lecture is free and open to the public. It will be held at the University of St. Thomas in South Woulfe Alumni Hall. Contact Annie@CatholicRuralLife.org with questions.
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What others are saying:
“James Nolan, a distinguished sociologist at Williams College, has written an extremely illuminating report on the judgments of four distinguished visitors to the United States…What They Saw in America is an indispensable tool for thoughtful Americans and their visitors.”
—David P. Deavel, Gilbert
“Tocqueville strikingly observed that Americans live in ‘perpetual adoration’ of themselves and that ‘only foreigners or experience can make certain truths reach their ears.’ These remarks, quoted at the beginning of James Nolan’s impressive work on the most reflective foreign observers of American democracy, provide the point of departure for a fascinating study.”
—Daniel Mahoney, City Journal
“The assembled experiences and viewpoints of these scholars compose an attractive description of the New World, provided with words of admiration and hints of irony…an enjoyable piece of reading, a very good book.”
—Simonetta Piccone Stella, Sociologica