ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE: Prophet of the Mass Age by J. P. Mayer

ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE: Prophet of the Mass Age

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A biography of the political scientist who was the ""first thinker to lay down the principles of the era of mass democracy"" and who chose America as his example par excellence. The publication of Democracy in America was the foundation of his immediate and far flung success -- and in discussion the author brings out De Tocqueville's prophetic forecast of a world to come, the rising tide of the masses. A sympathetic glimpse of his personal life, childhood colored by the French Revolution, an interesting marriage, a development of religious consciousness which set him apart, -- all easily but authentically handled. The topical nature of De Tocqueville's work gives a limited subject somewhat wider interest.

Publisher: Viking