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Democracy in America

Author: Alexis de Tocqueville; J P Mayer
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper & Row, ©1988, ©1969.
Series: Perennial Library, PL 1522.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st Perennial library edView all editions and formats
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From America's call for a free press to its embrace of the capitalist system, Democracy in America--first published in 1835--enlightens, entertains, and endures as a brilliant study of our national government and character. Philosopher John Stuart Mill called it "among the most remarkable productions of our time." Woodrow Wilson wrote that de Tocqueville's ability to illuminate the actual workings of American  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alexis de Tocqueville; J P Mayer
ISBN: 0060915226 9780060915223
OCLC Number: 18804501
Description: 2 volumes in 1 (xiv, 778 pages) ; 21 cm.
Series Title: Perennial Library, PL 1522.
Other Titles: De la démocratie en Amérique.
Responsibility: Alexis de Tocqueville ; edited by J.P. Mayer ; translated by George Lawrence.

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From America's call for a free press to its embrace of the capitalist system, Democracy in America--first published in 1835--enlightens, entertains, and endures as a brilliant study of our national government and character. Philosopher John Stuart Mill called it "among the most remarkable productions of our time." Woodrow Wilson wrote that de Tocqueville's ability to illuminate the actual workings of American democracy was "possibly without rival." For today's readers, de Tocqueville's concern about the effect of majority rule on the rights of individuals remains deeply meaningful. His shrewd observations about the "almost royal prerogatives" of the president and the need for virtue in elected officials are particularly prophetic. His profound insights into the great rewards and responsibilities of democratic government are words every American needs to read, contemplate, and remember. Democracy in America enlightens, entertains, and endures as a brilliant study of our national government and character. De Toqueville's concern about the effect of majority rule on the rights of individuals remains deeply meaningful. His insights into the great rewards and responsibilities of democratic government are words every American needs to read, contemplate, and remember.

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