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The American Democracy Texas Edition [Hardcover]

Thomas Patterson , Gary Halter
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January 12, 2011 0077339061 978-0077339067 10
"There are a lot of bad republicans; there are no good democrats."—Ann Coulter

In today’s climate of hyper-partisanship, blurred lines between political news, analysis, and entertainment, and outrageous comments from the chattering classes, who better than Tom Patterson to provide students with the tools and context to make informed judgments and become skilled political thinkers? Patterson’s The American Democracy has long been a best seller for American government courses due to its insightful, readable, and balanced portrayal of the American political system. The 10th edition continues this tradition of excellence while also introducing a new emphasis on political thinking at a time when the partisan divide seemingly could not be wider and unbiased political information is often drowned out by other sources.

With expertise in the areas of public opinion, the media, and elections among other areas, Tom Patterson is a voice you can trust to help develop your students critical thinking skills when it comes to politics and political science. As Patterson notes, “Political thinking takes place within the context of a person’s political interests and values, which can lead equally thoughtful individuals to reach opposing opinions on the same issue.” If you are looking for learning materials to help ensure your students leave your course among those “thoughtful individuals” that will carry the debate forward in measured and informed ways, The American Democracy is the right choice for you.

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About the Author

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.

Gary Halter is a Professor of Political Science at Texas A&M University in College Station. He is a native of Amarillo and Wichita Falls, Texas and his PhD is from the University of Maryland. He served as the Mayor of College Station, Texas for six years and as a council member for five years. He has worked as a consultant to many city councils in Texas and in other states on goal setting and policy making. With Harvey Tucker, is a co-author of the Texas Legislative Almanac.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 816 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 10 edition (January 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0077339061
  • ISBN-13: 978-0077339067
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 8.4 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,056 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars For school January 5, 2014
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Need this for school just in time to get my work done in class this came right on time thank you so much excellent.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Above average for a college Government class June 26, 2013
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I ordered the used version which was approximately $50 cheaper than the new version and the physical quality of the book was pretty good. Not bad for a used book. No page was torn and it wasn't written on.

The material of the book itself was good. That's a relative statement, of course, but for an introductory course on Government it wasn't bad. The chapters and sections were organized well, the difficulty of reading was relatively easy (no use high vocabulary or complex syntax), and chapter summaries at the end of the chapters proved to be useful in recapping major points after reading chapter. Chapter lengths vary, but it's usually 20-30 pages. For me, it took about 30-50 mins to read each chapter. However, if you have to take tests/quizzes and you're feeling lazy/out of time, you may be able to get by with just skimming the chapter lightly.

I believe the professor is allowed access to online material that goes along with the book and he uploaded it to my class via Black Board. Aids such as study guides, flash cards, and vocabulary lists helped with each chapter.

Now the bias of the book was downplayed. Honestly, it seemed to lean more conservative but both sides of the argument are given by both parties. In each chapter, there is an issue presented and the book presents a Republican view and a Democrat view. The book doesn't particularly sway one way, but rather gives you all the viewpoints available in order for you, the individual, to make the decision.

Physical quality: 4/5. (higher number = better condition)

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Organization: 4/5 (higher number = better organized)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great January 6, 2013
By Lai
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Love using e books very useful and I don't have to worry about ever being without my book because I carry my iPad with me.
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1.0 out of 5 stars american democracy texas edition July 24, 2012
By lae
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poor customer service i am still waiting for the book ordered a month ago ..did not know timeframe until after the order
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