Author: H.L. Mencken
[Democracy] is, perhaps, the most charming form of government ever devised by man... It is based on propositions that are palpably not true and what is not true, as everyone knows, is always immensely more fascinating and satisfying to the vast majority of men than what is true... H.L. Mencken, America's greatest journalist and critic, wrote Notes on Democracy over 80 years ago. His time, the paranoid and intolerant years of World War I, Prohibition and the Scopes trial, is strikingly like our own. Notes isn't just a blast from the past, but also a perceptive and unsentimental report on contemporary life. Dissident Books is proud to reintroduce this gem of cynicism and clear-thinking to a new generation. Mencken performs a brilliant, merciless and often hilarious vivisection on that most holy of sacred cows: democracy. The new edition is supplemented by extensive annotations that put Mencken's words and ideas in context and expose fascinating details and nuances. Don't even think about voting until you read this book! About the Author H.L. Mencken (1880-1956) was America's greatest journalist and iconoclast. With his bristling, cynical humor, he mercilessly attacked war hysteria, jingoism, and censorship. He championed uniquely American writing, helping to free the nation s literature of its Anglophile fixation. Mencken covered many of the great stories of the 20th century s first half, including the Scopes Monkey trial and Prohibition.