By Seymour Martin Lipset
Socialist events were significant forces in each democratic kingdom on the earth, but they've got performed a shockingly insignificant position in American politics. Why the USA may still represent an exception has been a serious query of yankee historical past and political improvement. The authors make clear why it has now not been attainable to set up a sturdy socialist occasion within the US and supply vital insights into American society and politics. evaluating the USA with different English-speaking international locations, the authors eschew traditional causes of socialism's failure to offer a fuller knowing of the way a number of components mixed to seal socialism's destiny. extra chapters study the particular personality of yank alternate unions, immigration, the fragmentation of the yankee operating category, socialist techniques and repression, concluding with an research of yankee political exceptionalism as much as the current day.