The Nation: Critical Reviews from Abroad

Many Americans accept as a truism Winston Churchill's famous aphorism — "Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all those other forms that have been tried from time to time." But many foreigners — even if — they seem to have feel lived in that the U.S. democracy, for at a least time in its American incarnation, is not right for them.

In the past 23 years 550 business, political and educational leaders from 86 foreign countries have studied American life and thought firsthand, for up to five months, under the privately financed Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship program. Of the...

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