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Barron's AP U.S. Government and Politics (Barron's AP United States Government & Politics) 6th Edition

4.3 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0764143717
ISBN-10: 0764143719
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  • Two full-length model AP exams that are similar to the actual exam in length, structure, and degree of difficulty
  • A comprehensive review covering: Constitutional development, the branches and institutions of the federal government, political parties and processes, special interest groups, the media, bureaucracy, and public policy issues as they relate to the economy, the federal budget, social welfare, foreign policy and the national defense
  • Study tips and test-taking strategies



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    Product Details

    • Series: Barron's AP United States Government & Politics
    • Paperback: 456 pages
    • Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 6 edition (February 1, 2010)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 0764143719
    • ISBN-13: 978-0764143717
    • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #882,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    I'm giving this three stars because it does appear to cover the subject information. However, this review book, like most Barron's books, really caters toward students who prefer comprehensive, in-depth summaries and are willing to invest a lot of time studying over a long period of time. It reads more like a simplified textbook than anything. Some points:

    - It's very wordy. Very, very wordy. Most of the book is made up of headings followed by long blocks of text. Some sections seemed completely unnecessary. For example, there is a page that describes Obama's particular methods of appointing Cabinet members and who each of his Cabinet picks were. Considering that Obama is only three years into his first term (two at the time this book was published), I doubt he'll even show up on the test--so why bother including this at all?
    - The key terms are not bolded. This was the most annoying thing about the book, aside from the wordiness. The author does include a list of key terms at the beginning of each chapter, but proceeds to embed them in paragraphs without any special formatting. This made the book extremely difficult to skim, and I found myself simply googling the terms rather than hunting for them in the text.
    - There are many examples, which make up a large part of the text. Personally, I thought there were too many alluded to and few well-explained.
    - The questions don't match the actual test. They are harder. This is a given with most Barron's books, of course, and some people like this.

    The book wasn't all bad:
    - The multiple choice questions at the end of each section were helpful.
    - All questions, multiple choice or free-response, were explained.
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    I thought it was just me, then I checked the reviews here: confirmed the bad grammar and lack of focused, clear ideas. And yes, the test questions at the end of each chapter are particularly bad. This author has no business writing a book on the US Gov't. It's really bad.

    I'm using this for FSOT prep, and reading it immediately after finishing "AP US History Crash Course" by Larry Krieger is a real demonstration of the good and the bad. It obviously a different topic, but THAT is an extremely well-written AP history book. It's clear, concise, organized, and leaves you with concepts, terminology, and chronology. This book is just a cloud of ideas.

    I'm reading the kindle version, and it's too bad you can't return these. In fact, I don't know why I bought this particular version (I've been buying a lot of books based on recommendations and online lists), but I searched Amazon and found that Krieger wrote an AP US Gov't book. I'm off to blow another $12, but at least this is a proven author.

    Seriously, don't waste your time with this mess. No redeeming value. See my other reviews for impartiality.

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    UPDATE
    I just bought the Krieger and already here's and apples to apples comparison:

    Here's an example of how Krieger (GOOD) deals with Shay's Rebellion in regards to the Articles of Confederation: (summarized)
    1. Frustrated Massachusetts farmers were foreclosing
    2. Farmers demanded x y z
    3. Shays led them to force judges to close courts
    4. Shays's Rebellion helped convince key leaders that the Articles of Confed. were too weak and that...etc...
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    As an A.P. American Government teacher, I highly recommend this book. In fact, there are only three review books I allow my students to access, and this is one of them.
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    By Hero on December 11, 2012
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    My AP US Government teacher recommended this book to us as a study guide for the AP test. I didn't really use it as much as I should have, but the information provided is really useful. This is a great book to use as a study guide.
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    I needed to take the Praxis II Government/Political Science test in order to continue teaching US Government at High School. The Chapters matched the content of the test, while the end of chapter review questions and the two practice AP tests contained many questions that were similar (and a couple even duplicated) to the Praxis test questions.

    A good source of review.
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    Terrific book. I teach AP Government and Politics, and I previewed all of the other AP test-prep books before purchasing this one for my class. Bought 20 copies, and the students are thrilled to have their own books to underline and annotate. I would purchase Barron's again.
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