Notes on Democracy
Publication Date: October 2008
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Democracy] "is, perhaps, the most charming form of government ever devised by man... It is based on propositions that are palpably not true--and what is not true, as everyone knows, is always immensely more fascinating and satisfying to the vast majority of men than what is true..."
H.L. Mencken, America's greatest journalist and critic, wrote "Notes on Democracy" over 80 years ago. His time, the paranoid and intolerant years of World War I, Prohibition and the Scopes trial, is strikingly like our own. "Notes" isn't just a blast from the past, but also a perceptive and unsentimental report on contemporary life.
Dissident Books is proud to reintroduce this gem of cynicism and clear-thinking to a new generation. Mencken performs a brilliant, merciless and often hilarious vivisection on that most holy of sacred cows: democracy. The new edition is supplemented by extensive annotations that put Mencken's words and ideas in context and expose fascinating details and nuances.