Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville & Joseph Epstein
The Complete and Unabridged Volumes I and II: 1 -2

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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.

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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About Alexis de Tocqueville & Joseph Epstein

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French writer and politician Alexis de Tocqueville was born in Verneuil to an aristocratic Norman family. He entered the bar in 1825 and became an assistant magistrate at Versailles. In 1831, he was sent to the United States to report on the prison system. This journey produced a book called On the Penitentiary System in the United States (1833), as well as a much more significant work called Democracy in America (1835--40), a treatise on American society and its political system. Active in French politics, Tocqueville also wrote Old Regime and the Revolution (1856), in which he argued that the Revolution of 1848 did not constitute a break with the past but merely accelerated a trend toward greater centralization of government. Tocqueville was an observant Catholic, and this has been cited as a reason why many of his insights, rather than being confined to a particular time and place, reach beyond to see a universality in all people everywhere.
 
Published September 1, 2001 by Signet Classic. 323 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Literature & Fiction, History, Education & Reference, Business & Economics, Law & Philosophy, Romance. Non-fiction

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The Washington Post

The chronic ambivalence was there: Forty-three percent of respondents said rich people are more likely than the average American to be intelligent, and 42 percent believed that the rich worked harder than everyone else.

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Democracy in America By Alexis de Tocqueville, Edited by Eduardo Nolla Liberty Fund, 3350pp, £66.95 Tocqueville’s Discovery of AmericaLeo Damrosch Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 304pp, £16.68 Alexis de Tocqueville: Letters from America Edited by Frederick Brown Yale, 304pp, £18.99 Alexis de Tocquevil...

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