Lead: After touring America for nine months in the early 1830s, Alexis de Tocqueville returned to France and wrote one of the most influential books ever written on American society and politics.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Democracy in America, Tocqueville’s most famous book, was published in two parts in 1835 and 1840. He believed the spread of democracy was inevitable. He hoped his story would help his French countrymen understand the democratic system. The book was based on Tocqueville’s interviews, observations, and personal thoughts. His was a brutally honest account acknowledging both good and bad parts of American democracy.