In This Review

Democracy and the Challenge of Power
Democracy and the Challenge of Power
By David Spitz
Columbia University Press, 1958, 228 pp.

The author of this very thoughtful and sober book puts his problem in the following terms: "While democracy is, in principle, a way of controlling abuses of power, such abuses nevertheless persist in the practices of democratic states. And it is this persistence of oppressive power in a democracy that constitutes what I here call the challenge of power."