The Book that Michael Connelly was By yesterday for By The book was Democracy In America by Alexis de Tocqueville, published in 1835, the year of the founding of the Mercantile Library. We couldn’t help preening just a bit when Michael, who had steeped himself deeply in the work, pointed out Tocqueville’s admiration for the myriad self-governing American organizations that he saw carrying out tasks that needed to be done but which in the Old World would have been left to the monarchic machinery to see to. Which often didn’t happen. We’ve been self-governing for 176 years. It works just fine. Michael, who has overseen the massive growth of the self-governing Catholic Health Partners, has plenty on his plate, but it’s too bad he’s not doing a little teaching on the side. He’s really good at it.