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Democracy

An American Novel

Henry Adams - Author

Earl N. Harbert - Introduction by

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ISBN 9781440631016 | 224 pages | 29 Jul 2008 | Penguin Classics | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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An instant bestseller when first published in 1880, Democracy is the quintessential American political novel. At its heart is Madeleine Lee, a young widow who comes to Washington, D.C., to understand the workings of power. Pursued by Silas Ratcliffe, the most influential member of the Senate, Madeleine soon sees enough of power and its corrupting influence to last her a lifetime.

“ [One] of the most perceptive books ever written about Washington.”
—Maureen Dowd, The New York Times