The Basics of American Politics, by Wasserman, Gary
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- ISBN: 9780321080004 | 0321080009
- Cover: Paperback
- Copyright: 10/1/2001
This extremely brief introduction to American government has been a long-time student favorite because of its lively, no-nonsense approach to the core topics in the course. Using a dynamic game metaphor, the text covers 4 governmental and 4 non-governmental players, as well as the constitutional rules of the game. It ends by examining rival theories on who wins and who loses in the American political system. Written in a way that engages students and offers instructors great flexibility, Wasserman's text covering all the requisite topics and focuses on current debates in politics. In under 300 pages, a class learns what they need to know and likes it.