Updated in a new 13th edition, this book is organized around a "concise and contemporary" approach that provides an overview of the American Political system and its institutions by using the constitution as its backdrop.
Free of ideological and political bias, this book is structured to engage the reader in a concise and stimulating way. Covering the framework of government, its institutions, the rights of the individual, and public policy, this updated edition contains both the the 2008 historic campaign and President Obama's first year in office.
Surveys the American national government and the relationship between presidents and Congress. Covers political history from colonialism to constitutionalism and the federal system, voting, political parties, institutions such as Congress, the chief executive, and the judiciary, and civil rights and liberties. Includes summaries, discussion questions, and a glossary, plus appendices of key historical documents. This edition incorporates changes in the political scene in the past three years. Includes color photos. Wire spiral-bound. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)