From America's call for a free press to its embrace of the capitalist system, Democracy in Americafirst published in 1835enlightens, 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.
From America's call for a free press to its embrace of the capitalist system 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.
|Publisher:||Random House Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||6.86(w) x 4.16(h) x 1.30(d)|
|Lexile:||1310L (what's this?)|
About the Author
One of America's premier essayists, Joseph Epstein was the editor of The American Scholar for 25 years and has taughtand continues to teachadvanced prose, the reading and writing of fiction, the sociology of literature, autobiography, literature and politics, Henry James, Joseph Conrad, and Willa Cather at Northwestern University. Epstein is the author of 13 books, most recently Life Sentences and Narcissus Leaves the Pool, and has published roughly four hundred essays, stories, reviews and articles in such journals as The New Yorker, Harper's, Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic, Commentary, The New Criterion, The New York Review of Books, Encounter, The New York Times Magazine, and Dissent.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book is one of the great pieces of writing from the first half of the 19th century and still worth reading today. De Tocqueville was a Frenchman, who came to the United States to study our prison system, but actually looked at our whole society. The introduction is excellent. Worth having for your own book collection.