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Democracy in America: The Complete and Unabridged Volumes I and II Mass Market Paperback – Apr 4 2000
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"No better study of a nation's institutions and culture than Tocqueville's Democracy in America has ever been written by a foreign observer; none perhaps as good."
--The New York Times
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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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De Tocqueville also saw the insidious damage that the institution of slavery was causing the country and predicted some 30 years before the Civil War that slavery would probable cause the states to fragment from the union. He also the emergence of stronger states rights over the power of the federal government. He held fast to his belief that the greatest danger to democracy was the trend toward the concentration of power by the federal government. He predicted wrongly that the union would probably break up into 2 or 3 countries because of regional interests and differences. This idea is the only one about America that he gets wrong. Despite some of his misgivings, De Tocqueville, saw that democracy is an "inescapable development" of the modern world.Read more ›
He notes an American addiction to the practical rather than theoretical, a pragmatic concern, not for the lofty and perfect, but the quick and useful, with relentless ambition, feverish activity and unending quests for devices and shortcuts. Resulting from a requirement for survival on the frontier, these observations are the good, bad and ugly of our modern selves; Resourceful technocrats expanding comfort, health, safety or wealth by anyone with ingenuity and persistence; Our exchange of youth for old age in the workplace, improving our standard of living at the expense of our quality of life; America's shallow nature of thought, sealed up in sound-bites.
De Tocqueville finds in the sacred name of majority, a tyranny over the mind of Americans as oppressive and formidable as any other tyranny - arguably more so by virtue of its acceptance. Where monarchs failed to control thought, democracy succeeds. Opinion polls our politicians subscribe to have a power of conformity. "I know of no country in which there is so little independence of mind and real freedom of discussion as in America," he writes.Read more ›
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This book I had kept getting referred to as I read other books on the beginning years of democracy, not back in Athens but when it had its resurgence in Europe as it was beginning... Read morePublished on Sept. 9 2012 by Gordon Garrettt
This is an extremely important book on the history of democracy anywhere. However, if I may be allowed one comment on this classic on democracy; How can one speak of democracy in... Read morePublished on Sept. 14 2010 by John Galt
This is one of the best novels of the 19th century. Most people do not recognize the significance of this book, however its relevance to modern literature cannot be emphasized... Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by H. Q. Latimer Dodds
While American democracy has changed significantly over the past couple centuries since de Toqueville wrote this, his chapters on citizenship and governance are still a must-read... Read morePublished on Nov. 2 2003 by R. Portier
well this book to me seem to talk about how are system flows and the times have completly changed over the pass years. Read morePublished on July 16 2003 by Roger Turner
THIS BOOK IS A PERSPECTIVE FROM THE OUTSIDE, IN OF THE AMERICAN SYSTEM OF DEMOCRACY. GIVEN BY A MAN WHO HAS SEEN REVOLUTIONS LEAD TO TERROR AND MAYHEM. Read morePublished on June 8 2003 by Jared M. Thomasson
I am also a Tocqueville fan. Anyone interested in the modern mind also should read the latter portions of Belloc's "The Great Heresies" and "Survivals and New Arrivals. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 2002 by John Nygate
Democracy in America by Alexis De Tocqueville is by far an in depth view of America as seen by the traveling Frenchman. Read morePublished on July 4 2002 by Khemprof
That, above all, is what stood out to me the most.
For the vast majority of our nation's history, most decisions that affected people's daily lives were made locally. Read more
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