About the Suggestion

Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville, nominated by Martin Schultz, undergraduate

"De Tocqueville's book provides an insight into the political consequences of common property ownership, the potential dangers to liberty by a majority rule, and the importance of civil institutions in an individualistic culture dominated by the pursuit of self-interest. His book also touches on the influence of the press and the judiciary in American politics, and lastly the vital role of religion in American life. De Toqueville's book can almost be used in almost every discipline at the University which is why it would be great book for the campus book."


McIntyre, Andrew. "Democracy In America (1835, 1840)." Institute Of Public Affairs Review 58.2 (2006): 29. Academic Search Premier. Web. 16 Feb. 2012. (requires IUSB login off-campus)

"DEMOCRACY IN AMERICA (Book)." Publishers Weekly 251.6 (2004): 70. Academic Search Premier. Web. 16 Feb. 2012.  (requires IUSB login off-campus)

Seaton, Paul. "Reading Tocqueville Today." Perspectives On Political Science 30.4 (2001): 227. Academic Search Premier. Web. 16 Feb. 2012. (requires login off-campus)

Related Media

Academic Earth: Democratic Statecraft, Tocqueville, Democracy and America: Free link to lecture on de Tocqueville from Yale University (42 minutes long)

Last Reviewed: 03/2014