Democracy in America

By Alexis De Tocqueville; J. P. Mayer (Editor); George Lawrence (Translator)
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, Abridged, 9780060008734, 439pp.)

Publication Date: June 2007

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The abridged edition of the enduring masterwork—a classic portrait of America's culture and people

Originally penned in the mid-nineteenth century by Frenchman Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America remains the most comprehensive, penetrating, and astute picture of American life, politics, and morals ever written, as relevant today as when it first appeared in print nearly two hundred years ago.

This abridged edition by scholar and historian Scott A. Sandage includes a new introduction and editorial notes, and offers students and the general reader alike easy access to the preeminent translation by George Lawrence, widely recognized as the best translation based on the second revised and corrected text of the 1961 French edition, edited by J. P. Mayer.




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.

"From the Paperback edition.



J.P. Mayer, director of the Tocqueville Center at the University of Reading, is editor-in-chief of the definitive edition of Tocqueville's works. Author of many books on political science and sociology, he has recently edited Tocqueville's Democracy in America and Journeys to England and Ireland.

1827-1876
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