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The American Democracy, Alternate Edition Paperback – December 1, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0077237912 ISBN-10: 0077237919 Edition: 9th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 542 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 9 edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077237919
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077237912
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.1 x 10.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Thomas E. Patterson is Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He was previously distinguished professor of political science in the Maxwell School of Citizenship at Syracuse University. Raised in a small Minnesota town near the Iowa and South Dakota borders, he was educated at South Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota, where he received his Ph.D. in 1971. Currently running the "Vanishing Voter" study at the Kennedy School of Government, which has been widely used in the media and on college campuses, Tom is also the author of six books and dozens of articles, which focus primarily on the media and elections. His book, 'Out of Order'(1994), received national attention when President Clinton said every politician and journalist should be required to read it. An earlier book, 'The Mass Media Election'(1980), received a 'Choice' award as Outstanding Academic Book, 1980-81. Another of Patterson's books, 'The Unseeing Eye'(1976), was recently selected by the American Association for Public Opinion Research as one of the fifty most influential books of the past half century in the field of public opinion. His current research includes a study of White House communication and a study of the news media's role in Western democracies. His work has been funded by major grants from the National Science Foundation, the Markle Foundation, the Smith-Richardson Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By K. Budzek on July 11, 2000
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This was the text used for my introductory poly-sci class. This book is one of the better texts I've been required to read. It's very concise and easy to understand, but doesn't talk down to the student. A wonderful reference and overview.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on January 15, 2010
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This is one of the more readable textbooks that I've encountered, yet in achieving that status, it does not seem to have sacrificed any degree of thoroughness. It is an excellent introduction to the American political system, and if, as one reviewer has noted, it is somewhat mistitled in that the American political system is NOT, technically, a democracy but is rather a representative republic, that's a pretty minor quibble to slam an otherwise excellent book over. Heck, I'd have given it a second star just for its appendices; it includes the text of the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution of the US (including all amendments), and Federalist papers #s 10 and 51. As to the reviewer who complained that the book is biased against the south, I think he's oversensitive; I certainly didn't see anything of the sort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lisa J. Montiville on July 17, 2011
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The American Democracy is a great reference for anyone to refresh and reflect on the history in which our nation evolved. The factual stories told are to remind us that our freedom as Americans is not "free." Many Americans died for the life, liberty, and property of others. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are within The American Democracy text, and should be a part of not only history, but everyone's reference to today's democracy in the United States.
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By shannon on June 11, 2014
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I don't like studying some boring stuff but it was very helpful to know this information so that I can better understand the government.
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The book gave good insight about American Democracy and help me throughout my class. I found my self reading chapters not required for class.
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