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  • Mass Market Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; 8th Expanded and Updated edition (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451228502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451228505
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 1.5 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #504,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Richard D. Heffner received his A.B. and M.A. from Columbia University and has taught history and political science at the University of California, Sarah Lawrence College, and the New School for Social Research. He has been University Professor of Communications and Public Policy at Rutgers since 1964. Mr. Heffner also produces and moderates his prize-winning weekly public television series, The Open Mind, and for twenty years was Chairman of the motion picture industry’s film rating system. In addition to Democracy in America, Mr. Heffner is the editor of the Mentor book A Documentary History of the United States.

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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A. Knepper on January 17, 2010
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Overall, this is a great book, providing most of the great American documents in their original, unfiltered form.

However, the update, by the original author's son, is shameful. In his commentary on Barack Obama's campaign, he notes that Sarah Palin attracted conservative supporters who were "uncomfortable with the idea of an African-American being president." No -- it couldn't have been that conservatives were uncomfortable with the idea of a liberal Democrat being president! It must be because he was black! -- How shameful. Keep the partisan political BS out of this history book.

The original author's commentary isn't like this, and the book is great if you ignore the additional tripe. Still, three stars for allowing this shameful smear to go through.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Philip Seitz III on October 25, 2010
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As a teacher, I find this book very helpful, because very often the textbooks we are given do not include the full text of documents. Seeing what was originally written has been a big help.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Annette Blum on January 21, 2012
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I bought this book for a course. I really like the collection of documents, which is what it is really useful for. I think the analysis is somewhat traditional.
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A Documentary History of the United States

Richard D. Heffner graduated from Columbia University and taught history and political science. He is a Professor at Rutgers University since 1964, and also produced and moderated "The Open Mind" for public television. The sixth edition was published in July 1999. The `Contents' list its thirty chapters and the References. There is no `Index' to its 513 pages. The `Foreword' tells these sources are presented as written (with slight editing). Each reader can be his own historian. Written history records the opinion of the meaning of certain events; which can change over time. [But certain facts and views remain the same.] These chapters begin with an introduction by the author followed by the selected documents. Given the limitations of space and time I will only comment on Chapter 30, which happened only twenty years ago. Remember? Most students weren't even born then.

William Jefferson Clinton was elected President in 1992. Clinton's attempt to reform the health care system failed. [Until "Obamacare".] In 1994 Newt Gingrich created a campaign document "Contract With America" to propose legislative changes. The Republicans won control of the House and Senate in 1994. [No mention of Clinton's Gun Control law.] How many were actually implemented? Were they all worthy of enactment? Are campaign promises always fulfilled? Clinton won a second term in 1996. In 1998 President Clinton was impeached by the House by acquitted by the Senate. Was this "The End of the American Century"? America's foremost standing began after WW I, increased after WW II, but went into decline with Reagan's Presidency.
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