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Democracy in America

Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville
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When Alexis de Tocqueville visited America in the 1830s he found a thriving democracy of a kind he had not seen anywhere else. Many of his insightful observations American society and political system, found in the two volume book he published after his visit, still remain surprisingly relevant today. (Summary by the Bookworm)

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By Alexis De Tocqueville

Translated by Henry Reeve

Book One


Special Introduction By Hon. John T. Morgan

In the eleven years that separated the Declaration of the Independence of the United States from the completion of that act in the ordination of our written Constitution, the great minds of America were bent upon the study of the principles of government that were essential to the preservation of the liberties which had been won at great cost and with heroic labors and sacrifices. Their studies were conducted in view of the imperfections that experience had developed in the government of the Confederation, and they were, therefore, practical and thorough.

When the Constitution was thus perfected and established, a new form of government was created, but it was neither speculative nor experimental as to the principles on which it was based. If they were true principles, as they were, the government founded upon them was destined to a life and an influence that would continue while the liberties it was intended to preserve should be valued by the human family... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 4 reviews)

Reviewer: - December 15, 2013
Subject: ok....
Try to remember that AMERICA IS A REPUBLIC.......
Reviewer: - November 4, 2013
Subject: Audio
The only gripe I have at all is the dryness of the readers. There is absolutely no intonation, no inflection in their reading. I can't get through a single chapter of that dryness because dramatically diminishes the work of the author to me. Reading is not intended to be so monotone. Folks, could you please read with some emotional connection to the content, please?
Reviewer: - July 6, 2013
Subject: Review
Well done, last chapter though can be omitted as it is entirely in French.
Reviewer: - August 6, 2008
Subject: Democracy in America
I've found that there in information in this that,as a U S Citizen, took for granted. I now will be able to wriye a book that is completely correct. It will be fiction and truth involved. This information will direct me in the proper direction in doing so. I feel that all american should be aware of all of these truths in order to experience their complete U S Citizenship.

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