Absolutely the best non-fiction work published in the last thousand years. Tocqueville's prose is cogent and powerful, and his insights are incomparable. He reveals the faults of democracy, and warns repeatedly against the tyranny of the majority and against administrative centralization. He foresees equality overpowering and destroying liberty, and recognizes the inability of the individual to protect his god-given rights against the power of the majority and an increasingly overreaching central government. Two hundred years later, here we are, a society ignorant of Tocqueville's warnings (thank you public school system!) but living just as he predicted--as sheep increasingly cared for and lorded over by a powerful central government.