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American Government and Politics Today: Essentials 2013 - 2014 Edition (American and Texas Government) Paperback – January 1, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1133604372 ISBN-10: 1133604374 Edition: 17th

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  • Series: American and Texas Government
  • Paperback: 632 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 17 edition (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1133604374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1133604372
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Barbara A. Bardes is professor emerita of political science at the University of Cincinnati. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Kent State University and her Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. She served as a faculty member in political science and dean of Mundelein College at Loyola University of Chicago. In 1993, she was appointed dean of Raymond Walters College of the University of Cincinnati, where she served until 2003. She returned to the political science department where she held the position of graduate director before retiring. Bardes has written articles on public and foreign policy, and women and politics. She also has co-authored DECLARATIONS OF INDEPENDENCE: WOMEN AND POLITICAL POWER IN 19TH CENTURY AMERICAN NOVELS, THINKING ABOUT PUBLIC POLICY, PUBLIC OPINION: MEASURING THE AMERICAN MIND, and AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY.

Mack C. Shelley, II is a professor of political science and statistics at Iowa State University. After receiving his bachelor's degree from American University in Washington, DC, he went on to graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he received a master's degree in Economics and a Ph.D. in Political Science. He arrived at Iowa State in 1979. From 1993 to 2002 he served as elected co-editor of the POLICY STUDIES JOURNAL. Shelley has also published numerous articles, books, and monographs on public policy, including THE PERMANENT MAJORITY: THE CONSERVATIVE COALITION IN THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS; BIOTECHNOLOGY AND THE RESEARCH ENTERPRISE: A GUIDE TO THE LITERATURE (with William F. Woodman and Brian J. Reichel); AMERICAN PUBLIC POLICY: THE CONTEMPORARY AGENDA (with Steven G. Koven and Bert E. Swanson); and QUALITY RESEARCH IN LITERACY AND SCIENCE EDUCATION: INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVES AND GOLD STANDARDS (with Larry Yore and Brian Hand).

Steffen W. Schmidt is a professor of political science at Iowa State University. He grew up in Colombia, South America, and has studied in Colombia, Switzerland, and France. He has a B.A. from Rollins College and obtained his Ph.D. from Columbia University, New York, in public law and government. Schmidt has published fourteen books and over one hundred and thirty articles in scholarly journals and is the recipient of numerous prestigious teaching prizes, including the Amoco Award for Lifetime Career Achievement in Teaching and the Teacher of the Year award. He is a pioneer in the use of web-based and real-time video courses and is a member of the American Political Science Association's section on Computers and Multimedia. He is known as "Dr. Politics" for his extensive commentary on US politics in US and international media. He is a weekly blogger for Gannett, comments on CNN en Espanol and Univision as well as WNYC, New York. He's on Facebook (SteffenWSchmidt) and Twitter (DrPolitics).

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JD on January 13, 2014
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I bought this book for my political scene class and it worked for what I needed. I found out in class that there are different versions of this book. The one I needed was the regular American Govt. and Politics today version, but I accidentally bought the texas and California version. Same basic info, but a lot of the info and stories were a lot more liberal than the regular book. Watch out if you want it to be exactly what you need.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carmen Matthews on December 29, 2013
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When this book first arrived the questions that I had in mind were, "How can they really write an objective book on politics? Who are the authors?" and, "Can I apply any of this text to my real life interests?"

As this book's preface says, "The new 2013-2014 edition of 'American Government and Politics Today' ... [provides] the most up-to-date text possible."

Given our current political climate, I especially like how this book not only answers my questions, but also inspired me to call Congress and other political leaders. Armed with updated information, and the lingo to speak to the right sources, this book helped me to resolve some local and national concerns.

As I read further, I had to remind myself that this book's goal is to mix historical facts, sociology, politics and law into one resource that allows us to look at current political issues. From time to time, I asked myself why the authors honed in on our current president for many of the points the authors were making. The answer is because they are committed to giving us a history to understand our current situation.

And they do a great job with this.

I especially appreciate how the chapters start with bulleted Learning Objectives; well into each chapter, this book applies the preceding lessons with a look outside of the U.S. And, at the close of each chapter, this book brings the reader to "You Can Make a Difference (which shows readers what they can do with what they have learned.).

I recommend this book to anyone who really wants to make a difference on a community, city, state, national or international level.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TIFFINAY on December 30, 2013
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I needed this for a Political Science class...Easy to read and very modern take on Politics and government antics in general!
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By Amazon Customer on September 10, 2014
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I have Windows 8.1 on my PC and this text is not compatible with win8 kindle app. I have a samsung note2 and this text is not compatible with the device.

The only device it is compatible on is my aging Nexus7 tablet, with iffy battery life.

How am I to be satisfied with an ebook if I have to stay plugged into the wall to read it? I'd love for some support on how to make this work on my other devices.
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By kayk on February 24, 2014
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Great read with current affairs. I used it for my national government class.tHIS BOOK IS EASY TO READ AND UNDERSTAND
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Good book but I was taken too many classes and had to wait to use this book next semester. Great packing and book looks great.
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