Democracy in America: The Complete and Unabridged Volumes I and II (Bantam Classics)

Democracy in America: The Complete and Unabridged Volumes I and II (Bantam Classics)

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Democracy in America: The Complete and Unabridged Volumes I and II (Bantam Classics) by Alexis de Tocqueville

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.

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.

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ISBN-13: 9780553214642
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Series: Bantam Classics
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 976
Sales rank: 167,982
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 taught—and continues to teach—advanced 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.

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Democracy in America: The Complete and Unabridged Volumes I and II (Bantam Classics) 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Bibliopotamus More than 1 year ago
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.
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