Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville
What Europeans have said about America and what Americans have said about Europe is at times mere verbiage, and at other times highly prophetic.
From this two-hundred-year-old discussion one voice still rings out: that of the Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville. The first volume of his work, De la Démocratie en Amérique, came out in 1831, the second in 1840. This classic work has now been brought out anew with a hundred-page introduction by Philips Bradley of Queens College. Harold J. Laski writes in a short preface: “It is, perhaps, the greatest work ever written on one country by the citizen of another.” One can ascribe even greater merits to this book. It contains the most sagacious analysis of modem society before Marx.
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