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Only in America?: The Politics of the United States in Comparative Perspective (American Politics Series)

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ISBN-13: 978-1566430586
ISBN-10: 1566430585
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Product Details

  • Series: American Politics Series
  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Chatham House Publishers (May 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566430585
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566430586
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,574,999 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on April 11, 2000
Format: Paperback
I had to read Wilson's book along with John Kingdon's America the Unusual for a politics writing class. Wilson's book contrasted Kingdon's and I found that Wilson did not support his eventual claim that America is different but not unique. However, I did have to write and entire semester project on American exceptionalism and found Wilson's book to give me a jumping off point. He is thoughtful in his book yet fails to make his point at the end. I give him credit for many examples, graphs, and statistics, however, it's just not enough. Read this book only if you have to, or if it is useful to a topic of American exceptionalism. However, this book does not fullfill it's ultimate claim.
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Wilson's book is concise and extremely useful if you are trying to come up with coherent arguments against the theory of American Exceptionalism.
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