on February 15, 2005
Patterson gives a good overview of the formation of the US government and the objectives and innovations of the system. His presentation is balanced, without an obvious agenda or bias. The style is very readable for a text, which many students should appreciate. A good text for an intoductry course. It doesn't contain many insights into problems facing the system, and steers clear of criticism in some instances where it might seem relevant. However, overall I would recommend this title.
on November 11, 2005
This book praises our dependence upon the United Nations, downplays the Founders' vision on the importance of federalism, and desecrates the Bill of Rights -- both ignoring the Tenth Amendment and suggesting that our Second Amendment rights are no longer relevant.
This book isn't centrist is is socialism and does not have very much to do with "we the people" Read the federalist and anti federalist papers especially and get to know our histroy from those who made it. not some New world order professor who is pushing that the second admendment is meaningless. I think the following quote sums it up.
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
-- Thomas Jefferson
This book promote a tyranical system ratehr than a federalist one. It is incredible that it is being used as a text book for children to tell them thier rights are not relevant anymore.