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We the People: An Introduction to American Politics (Full Ninth Edition (with policy chapters)) 9th Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 135 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0393913088
ISBN-10: 0393913082
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About the Author

Benjamin Ginsberg is the David Bernstein Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Center for Advanced Governmental Studies at the Johns Hopkins University. He is the author or coauthor of 25 books, including Presidential Power: Unchecked and Unbalanced; Downsizing Democracy: How America Sidelined Its Citizens and Privatized Its Public; Politics by Other Means; The Consequences of Consent; The Worth of War; and The Captive Public. Ginsberg received his PhD from the University of Chicago in 1973. Before joining the Hopkins faculty in 1992, Ginsberg was Professor of Government at Cornell. His most recent books are The Fall of the Faculty: The Rise of the All-Administrative University and Why It Matters; What the Government Thinks of the People; and Analytics, Policy and Governance.

Theodore J. Lowi has been John L. Senior Professor of American Institutions at Cornell University since 1972. He was elected President of the American Political Science Association in 1990 and was cited as the political scientist who made the most significant contribution to the field during the decade of the 1970s. Among his numerous books are The End of Liberalism and The Pursuit of Justice, on which he collaborated with Robert F. Kennedy.

Margaret Weir is Professor of Sociology and Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley. She has written widely on social policy in Europe and the United States. She is the author of Politics and Jobs: The Boundaries of Employment Policy in the United States and coauthor (with Ira Katznelson) of Schooling for All: Class, Race, and the Decline of the Democratic Ideal. Weir has also edited (with Ann Shola Orloff and Theda Skocpol) The Politics of Social Policy in the United States.

Caroline Tolbert is Professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa, where she regularly teaches the introductory American government course and was awarded the Collegiate Scholar Award for excellence in teaching and research. Her research explores political behavior, elections, American state politics, and the Internet and politics. Tolbert is coauthor of Digital Citizenship: The Internet Society and Participation; Why Iowa? How Caucuses and Sequential Elections Improve the Presidential Nominating Process; and Virtual Inequality: Beyond the Digital Divide. Digital Citizenship was ranked one of 20 best-selling titles in the social sciences by the American Library Association in 2007. Her latest coauthored scholarly book is Digital Cities: The Internet and the Geography of Opportunity. She is President of the State Politics and Policy Section of the American Political Science Association.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 896 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 9 edition (December 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393913082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393913088
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 1.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #586,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Diamond M. Dominguez on March 3, 2013
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This is good for a textbook. I bought it for my political science class. The boring part is that, in each chapter it covers a lot of case examples (state vs. etc.) But within the first 5 chapters the reader will gain a clear understanding of how the constitution and the bill of rights came to be, and how it allows us the freedoms to do a lot of things today, that we take for granted
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This is the textbook required for an introductory politics class. The layout is study-friendly and easy to understand, and having the vocabulary words defined in the pages' margins is really helpful.
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Started reading for my class but ended up reading for than I needed to.
Very informative and easy-to-understand review on our government.
Book is organized well
It has really helped me understand the government to the point where I can talk politics around the dinner-table now without being afraid that I sound naive. Government news and shows are easier to understand now that I have a background to the governmental systems that I never learned about in high school.
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I feel that anyone studying political science should check this book out. It's very clear and easy to read, plus it has online quizzes to test your understanding. I would highly recommend to anyone trying to get a better understanding of political science outside (or inside) the classroom.
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The book is falling apart before my eyes. I rented this book for a college class and the book is barely held together in the middle and even a few pages are coming out. The only thing holding the covers together is the laminate
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I read this whole darn book in my summer school course. 6 weeks. The only way I completed the reading is because it was interesting. This book is well written and related to modern times quite well. Great book for an introduction to Political Science.
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Very informative textbook filled with up to date information about how our government originated, its functions, responsibilities, duties, all the way up to Obama's Administration. Very pleased with this textbook and its contents for my College Government class!
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Did have some of the stuff missing inside that my instructor noted, however, she said she would provide that when necessary so I didt have to go purchase another book. It is more compact than the one the school was requiring, that I believe was blue and white and somewhat larger in size.
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