The Norton Critical Edition presents Tocqueville’s classic text in the Henry Reeves translation.
It is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations and an introduction addressing Democracy in America’s canonic and iconic place in American life. “Backgrounds” includes seven letters offering Tocqueville’s impressions of his nine-and-a-half month journey through the United States. Nine contemporary reviews, both American and European, trace Democracy in America’s varied initial reception. Thirteen “Interpretations” gauge Tocqueville’s influence on American political thought and on democracy’s legacy. Contributors include David Riesman, Max Lerner, Robert Nisbet, James T. Schleifer, Catherine Zuckert, Sheldon S. Wolin, Edward C. Banfield, Daniel T. Rodgers, Arthur Schlesinger Jr., Sean Wilentz, Henry Steele Commager, James T. Kloppenberg, and Tamara M. Teale.