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The Norton Critical Edition presents Tocquevilles classic text in the Henry Reeves translation.It is accompanied by detailed explanatory annotations and an introduction addressing Democracy in Americas canonic and iconic place in American life. Backgrounds includes seven letters offering Tocquevilles impressions of his nine-and-a-half month journey through the United States. Nine contemporary reviews, both American and European, trace Democracy in Americas varied initial reception. Thirteen Interpretations gauge Tocquevilles influence on American political thought and on democracys 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.