Books: Democracy in the U. S.

THE AMERICAN STAKES—John Chamberlain—Carrick & Evans ($2.75).

ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE—J. P. Mayer —Viking ($3).

Many observers devoutly agree that the year 1940 would be a good year for a lot of people to get some clear ideas about "Democracy." Two very different books on this grand topic are John Chamberlain's and J. P. Mayer's. Chamberlain's is a businesslike analysis of the way things in the U. S. appear to an alert young man who has humane hopes and unusually good information. The other is a scholar's account of another young man who wrote about the U. S. 100 years ago.

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