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41. Kaplan AP U.S. Government &
42. American Government: Brief Edition
43. Modern Politics and Government:
44. A Power Governments Cannot Suppress
45. State and Local Government: The
46. The Complete Idiot's Guide to
47. The Canadian Regime: An Introduction
48. American Government and Politics
49. Cengage Advantage Books: American
50. American Government and Politics
51. Kaplan AP U.S. Government &
52. American Government (Student Text)
53. The Architecture of Government:
54. Government Contracts Reference
55. The Second Treatise on Civil Government
56. Essentials of American Government:
57. American Government (Pacemaker)
58. The Case for Big Government: (New
59. Government by the People, 2009

41. Kaplan AP U.S. Government & Politics 2009 (Kaplan Ap Us Government and Politics)
by Ulrich Kleinschmidt, Bill Brown
Paperback: 384 Pages (2009-01-06)
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Asin: 1419552473
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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You’ve spent the year gaining advanced knowledge. Now it’s time to reap the rewards: money-saving college credit or advanced placement, and an admissions edge. Yet a top score on the AP exam requires more than knowing the material. Even if your instructor was great and you worked hard in class, you need to get comfortable with the test format itself, preparing for pitfalls and arming yourself with foolproof strategies. That’s where the Kaplan plan offers the clear advantage. With more than 70 years of proven test-prep experience, Kaplan has developed unique study guides that provide cutting-edge review while honing your test-taking skills.
Kaplan’s AP exam preparation guides include everything you need to know to score higher on the test—guaranteed.
  • New cover, new layout, new reader-friendly interior design
  • Progress tracker on every page so students can see where they stand, as they study
  • 2 Full-length practice tests with detailed answer explanations
  • A diagnostic test to target areas for score improvement
  • Hundreds of practice questions
  • Proven, test-specific, score-raising strategies
  • Key terminology defined in context
  • Sample answers for Free-Response questions

Preparation makes the difference, but quality preparation delivers results that can transform your life. Packed with exclusive tips you can only get from Kaplan, this is the ultimate guide for conquering jittery nerves and boosting brain power. Unlock your potential with Kaplan AP U.S. Government and Politics 2009: the unrivaled, one-stop resource.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect
I prefer Kaplan over the Princeton Review study guides especially when it comes to the subject of history. I find this book easier to understand. Kaplan even has a small multiple choice section at the end of each section. ... Read more

42. American Government: Brief Edition
by James Q. Wilson
Paperback: 432 Pages (2008-12-23)
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Asin: 0547212763
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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This popular brief edition text for the one-semester or one-quarter American Government course maintains the framework of Wilson's complete text, emphasizing the historical development of the American political system, who governs, and to what end. Completely up to date, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, BRIEF, 9e offers new coverage of such key and emerging issues as creationism and the establishment clause, tactics from the 2008 presidential campaign, Congressional ethics, repercussions from the Valerie Plume scandal, national debt, the Social Security debate, military involvement in Iraq, and much more. ... Read more

Customer Reviews (10)

5-0 out of 5 stars my review
I got the item within a 2 weeks, and i am very happy with my purchase.

5-0 out of 5 stars Must read!
This is a great book that explores the founding principles of our nation and the inner workings of government on a basic level.It is written in a simple way that makes it very easy to read and yet its depth and substance is solid!I really am enjoying this book and doubt I will sell it after the semester ends.I highly recommend it for anyone who desires to learn the most important aspects of government.I thought I knew "everything" based onwhat people had told me until I read this book.It provides an appropriate general perspective that has allowed me to form my own opinions and ideas about politics and leadership.Liberty is at its core.Thanks Professor Schott for using this textbook.

I purposely paid extra to expedite shipping of a book.The two other books that I ordered on the same day have been received, BUT THIS SELLER STILL HAS NOT SHIPPED, he has sat on it since Friday morning, it is now after the work day on Wednesday - 4 entire business days and a weekend in between.

THIS SELLER IS UNRESPONSIVE - it is sad that I have to go through means of a review because THE SELLER HAS NOT RESPONDED TO TWO EMAILS.Regardless of what shipping method, it is inexcusable, lazy, arrogant, and discourteous to not ship anything within at least a few days time.


5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent service!
The seller shipped the book quickly and was in great condition as promised.Excellent!

5-0 out of 5 stars Poli-Sci
I found this book easy to read and understand.It's a refreshing look at the past and notes important specifics in history."Cuts to the chase."
This book is well organized and easy to navigate. ... Read more

43. Modern Politics and Government: Seventh Edition (European Union)
by Alan R. Ball, B. Guy Peters
Paperback: 336 Pages (2005-04-16)
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Asin: 0333961617
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This substantially revised seventh edition of a classic text includes a new chapter on globalization and regionalization and broader coverage of democratic politics, interests and movements; of the media; of social and cultural influences on political behavior and of public management. It has been systematically revised and updated throughout in the accessible down-to-earth style that has made it such a popular student choice for over thirty years.
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44. A Power Governments Cannot Suppress
by Howard Zinn
Paperback: 308 Pages (2006-12-01)
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Asin: 0872864758
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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"Thank you, Howard Zinn. Thank you for telling us what none of our leaders are willing to: The truth. And you tell it with such brilliance, such humanity. It is a personal honor to be able to say I am a better citizen because of you."
-- Michael Moore, director of the film Fahrenheit 9/11, and author of the New York Times bestseller, Stupid White Men ...and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation!

"This strong, incisive book by Howard Zinn provides us with a penetrating critique of current U.S. policies and embraces the sweep of history. Zinn's inspired voice sets him apart … which is why so many of us look to Howard as a modern-day Thoreau. As always with Zinn's work, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress leaves us with the faith that citizens have what it takes to confront power and to reverse the dangerous and unjust acts of our government."
-- Jonathan Kozol, author of The Shame of The Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America

"Find here the voice of the well-educated and honorable and capable and human United States of America, which might have existed if only absolute power had not corrupted its third-rate leaders so absolutely."
-- Kurt Vonnegut, author of A Man Without a Country

"Howard Zinn is a unique voice of sanity, clarity and wisdom who reads history not only to understand the present but to shape the future. …Profoundly insightful… A Power Governments Cannot Suppress should be read by every American, over and over again."
-- Michael Lerner, editor of Tikkun Magazine, author of The Left Hand of God: Taking Back our Country from the Religious Right

“This brilliant new book—like Howard Zinn’s presence, and his whole life, is the best possible antidote to political despair. Read it, and rejoin the struggle for a human world and a foreign policy that’s good for children.”
—Daniel Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers in 1971 and is author of Secrets: A Memoir of Vietnam and the Pentagon Papers

A Power Governments Cannot Suppress, is a major new collection of essays on American history, class, immigration, justice, and ordinary citizens who have made a difference. Zinn addresses America's current political/ethical crisis using lessons learned from our nation’s history. Zinn brings a profoundly human, yet uniquely American perspective to each subject he writes about, whether it’s the abolition of war, terrorism, the Founding Fathers, the Holocaust, defending the rights of immigrants, or personal liberties. Written in an accessible, personal tone, Zinn approaches the telling of U.S. history from an active, engaged point of view. "America's future is linked to how we understand our past,” writes Zinn; "For this reason, writing about history, for me, is never a neutral act."

Zinn frames the book with an opening essay titled "If History is to be Creative," a reflection on the role and responsibility of the historian. "To think that history-writing must aim simply to recapitulate the failures that dominate the past," writes Zinn, "is to make historians collaborators in an endless cycle of defeat." "If history is to be creative, to anticipate a possible future without denying the past, it should, I believe, emphasize new possibilities by disclosing those hidden episodes of the past when, even if in brief flashes, people showed their ability to resist, to join together, and occasionally win. I am supposing, or perhaps only hoping, that our future may be found in the past’s fugitive moments of compassion rather than in its solid centuries of warfare."

Buzzing with stories and ideas, Zinn draws upon fascinating, little-known historical anecdotes spanning from the Declaration of Independence to the USA PATRIOT Act to comment on the most controversial issues facing us today: government dishonesty, how to respond to terrorism, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the loss of our liberties, immigration, and the responsibility of the citizen to confront power for the common good.

Considered a "modern-day Thoreau" by Jonathon Kozol, Zinn's inspired writings address the reader as an active participant in history making. "We live in a beautiful country,” writes Zinn, in the book’s opening chapter. “But people who have no respect for human life, freedom, or justice have taken it over. It is now up to all of us to take it back."

Featuring essays penned over an eight-year period, A Power Governments Cannot Suppress is Howard Zinn’s first writerly work in several years, an invaluable post-9/11-era addition to the themes that run through his bestselling classic, A People’s History Of the United States.

Howard Zinn is a veteran of World War II and author of many books and plays, including the million-selling classic, A People’s History of the United States. For more information about Howard and his speaking schedule see www.citylights.com
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5-0 out of 5 stars A great guy!!!
Howard Zinn does it again with wonderful work!!! I cannot advocate his work enough. We will all miss him.

4-0 out of 5 stars A New Perspective
In "A Power Governments Cannot Suppress," Zinn clarifies his goal as a historian once again: represent people forgotten or ignored by history. Unlike his wildly popular history textbook, "A People's History of the United States," Zinn bares his actual views to the reader, embraces the tenets socialism, and refutes the present-day, evil connotation of the word socialism. In a compilation of short but eloquent essays, Zinn makes his case for the abolition of war and an embrace of social justice and equality. As one who disagrees with many of Zinn's views, I still find the appeal of Zinn's hopeful view of the future; however, hope is hardly the sentiment one takes from this book, liberal or conservative, Republican or Democrat, black or white, and so on. He illuminates his goal: that the US government provide housing, universal healthcare, an equal opportunity at life, and significant demilitarization. His spirit and eagerness for a peaceful and united globe shines through the pages, yet his glaring hatred of governmental and corporate power dampen his message. As all opinionated people do, Zinn occasionally succumbs to bias in his representation of fact as he twists the meanings of Adam Smith's words and the conservative opposition to big government in the fourth chapter. Overall, the book contains lessons worth evaluating if one truly reads, digests, and evaluates the rhetoric of both sides of the American political spectrum. For a mindless conservative or Republican, the book will incense with "idealism." Conversely, for a drone of a liberal or Democrat, the book will affirm views with "facts."

2-0 out of 5 stars More Fiction
If you're a fan of Mr. Zinn, you will be disappointed with this review.The short stories are being pawned as historical fact (this excludes his personal stories).I guess I'm a purest.I want history to be straight forward and factual.I don't want my historians to down play or omit historical facts because it won't fit the story the historian wants to create.This seems to be a constant staple with his writings.
When I think of his short stories and the admission of some historical fact, I'm reminded of Cormick McCarthys book "Blood Miridian" in which McCarthy weaves history with fiction to make a good story. The difference is that Mr. McCarthy is intelectually honest because he doesn't market his work as non fiction.
I would recommend that anyone wanting to use this book for any historical purposes, look up the facts of that particular era and item for yourself so that you may get a full picture rather than one edited by the author.

4-0 out of 5 stars If you don't know Zinn, then you don't know history
APGCS is sort of an anthology of snippits from U.S. history--the side of history your not likely to learn about in any American school or university. He covers many topics in a fast and superficial way; each of these topics are worthy of their own books. It's more of a primer than a substantive analysis. Hopefully, the book will inspire readers to dig deeper into the history they were taught to believe. It's a quick and accessable read; Zinn, as always, writes with heartfelt conviction as the voice of the forgotten. Of course, if you're already familiar with these topics (or Zinn's other works), then APGCS is probably not going to contribute anything to what you already know.


5-0 out of 5 stars Not sugar coated
Several years ago I saw Howard Zinn speak at a rally for the presidential campaign of Ralph Nader.This should tell you where his political leanings lie, but the great thing about this book is that his assertions stand on historical facts.In some ways, this book could be used as a "Liberal Manifesto" in the best sense because it really talks about how our government has actually taken every opportunity throughout its history to silence dissent, and how in recent times the people have not paid enough attention to their obligation to speak out when the government has failed to represent their interests.I am amazed at how Zinn is able to weave it into such an interesting story, because history can sometimes be a bit dry.I am sure conservatives or traditionalists will not find comfort here, but Zinn does not let liberals off the hook either.I really enjoyed the book. ... Read more

45. State and Local Government: The Essentials
by Ann O'M. Bowman, Richard C. Kearney
Paperback: 299 Pages (2005-09-30)
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Asin: 0618522816
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This version of the top-selling State and Local Government retains the unique thematic and historical approach of the comprehensive text in a condensed format. Essentials provides explanations of the structure of state and local government, as well as their functions in the current political scene. Descriptions of public policy appear at relevant points throughout the text and are integrated into discussions to help foster student interest and involvement in state and local politics and policy. A brief and cost-effective alternative, Essentials can be used in conjunction with outside readings or with an American government survey. ... Read more

46. The Complete Idiot's Guide to American Government, Second Edition
by Mary M. Shaffrey, Melanie Fonder
Paperback: 416 Pages (2005-06-07)
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Asin: 1592573282
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The most up-to-date general reference book on the history and structure of U.S. government.

This overview of all the government’s major institutions and agencies, the election process, and the creation and passing of laws and taxes has been updated with the latest information on such important issues as campaign finance reform, fundraising, and homeland security.

• Completely updated resource section includes the latest government websites

• The only American government book to include the results of the 2004 presidential election

• Re-structured to complement high school and college political science/civics courses ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The Complete Idiot's Guide To American Government
This book came in excellent condition. Thank you. It is a big help with me preparing for my exam .

2-0 out of 5 stars Not all that
Very one sided.Wouldn't recomend this for anyone who was wanting to learn about the American Government.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Homeschool Resource
OUr 14 year old daughter is homeschooled. We are using the Complete Idiot's Guide to American Government as a supplement to her modern world history study this year.The writing style is engaging for students of her age and reading ability and the content is exactly what we had hoped for.Our family was better able to understand the election process and our daughter is able to keep up with political news and events thanks to this book.If you don't understand the political process, the roles of the 3 branches of government or what your elected representatives are supposed to be doing for you, this is a great place to get that information.

5-0 out of 5 stars American Government CLEP
In preparation for the American Government CLEP, I combined this book as well as the American Government (Cliff Notes Review).With only 6 days to prepare (I had just taken Western Civ 2 CLEP) I read the "Idiots" and then reviewed the Cliff Notes.This was apparently enough as I scored a 58 (B grade).As a good portion of the exam weighs on trends in American Government, the book successfully incorporated both facts and trends in a concise and understandable manner to digest in such a short period.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Good book, breaks down the majority of the american government for the typical dummy (like myself) to understand quickly.However, it did not get into the weeds about Congress, so I purchased the book "Congress for Dummies" as a supplement. ... Read more

47. The Canadian Regime: An Introduction to Parliamentary Government in Canada, fourth edition
by Patrick Malcolmson, Richard Myers
Paperback: 275 Pages (2009-08-01)
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Asin: 1442600470
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Lucid and readable, The Canadian Regime is a well-established, well-known introduction to Canadian government. By explaining the inner logic of parliamentary government, as well as the underlying rationale for its institutions and processes, the authors demystify what might appear to be a relatively complex political system. Urging readers to consider the organic nature of the political system—in which change in one area inevitably ripples through the rest of the system—the authors provide much more than just a description of the features of government.

The fourth edition has been updated to include analysis of the 2008 Canadian federal election. Discussions of responsible government and the role of the Governor General have been revised and expanded. Coalition government, the Single Transferable Vote, and the emergence of the Green Party are explained and new developments in Senate reform and Supreme Court appointments are also covered.

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4-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Guide ot Canadian Government & Politics
I've long had an interest in Canada, but have not been able to find a good intro guide to Canadian government, until now. "The Canadian Regime" is a very good book covering Canadian political institutions and the history and rationale behind them. It is a thin book (the actual text is less than 200 pages) written in the clear language of a textbook, that readers who do not have a political science background will understand. It is also accessible to Canadians, Americans, and other English readers.

The only reason why I'm not giving this book 5 stars is that I would have like to have seen more on provincial institutions and politics. It does, however, provide an in-depth anaylsis of the federal level. The British North American Act (Constitution Act of 1867) and the Constitution Act of 1982 are included in the appendix ... Read more

48. American Government and Politics Today - Texas Edition, 2007-2008
by Steffen W. Schmidt, Mack C. Shelley, Barbara A. Bardes, William Earl Maxwell, Ernest Crain
Hardcover: 984 Pages (2007-01-31)
list price: US$175.95 -- used & new: US$74.73
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Asin: 0495392022
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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A fresh and impressive text for the hybrid American Government and Texas Politics course, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY: TEXAS EDITION helps students experience the excitement that comes from active, informed citizenship including completely integrated and comprehensive Chapters on Texas Politics. The Schmidt text is renowned nationwide for its balanced, comprehensive, and up-to-date coverage of constitutional, governmental, political, social, and economic structures and processes and the Texas Chapters follow suit; providing a wide range of viewpoints as well as unique historical contexts to give students rich, nuanced insight into the political system and decision-making processes of the Lone Star State. Together, this integrated approach allows for focus on the similarities and differences in national and Texas politics and governance while using integrated pedagogy, including critical thinking and prescriptive encouragement for citizen action to underscore this approach. With keen awareness of its audience, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY: TEXAS EDITION also incorporates current examples, the Internet, and other media to stimulate learning and excitement about American and Texas government. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Signed up late for school.
I signed up late for school, but still recieved this just in time. THANK YOU SO MUCH!

3-0 out of 5 stars American Government and Politics Today-Texas edition,2007-2008
I was hoping for it for it to come ealier than thescheduled time, but anyway, it was a good condition book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Govt book
Product as described..shipping was fairly quick..(about a week-w/o priority shipping).Will use again. Thanks

5-0 out of 5 stars College Books
Though I am deployed, amazon.com made it possible for me to order my son's college books at a reasonable price. The books were in the condition described and delivered within the time promised.

2-0 out of 5 stars Boring
I'm glad I only paid $3 for this book because it is one of the worse textbooks I've had the pleasure of being forced to read. I'm not even sure how I passed government (a B!), everytime I began a chapter my eyes glazed over.

I gave it two stars because I got such a great deal on it. ... Read more

49. Cengage Advantage Books: American Government and Politics Today, Brief Edition, 2010-2011
by Steffen W. Schmidt, Mack C. Shelley, Barbara A. Bardes
Paperback: 448 Pages (2010-01-01)
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Asin: 0495797138
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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New features, up-to-date political news and analysis and a great low price make AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY: BRIEF EDITION, 2010-2011 a top seller. The text works to show how easily and effectively students can participate in the political process. Praised for its balanced coverage, thebook examines all the key concepts of American government, while providing exciting student-oriented features that focus on active citizenship. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars cengage advatage books: American government and politics today.
This is a text book for my daughters government class. Saved us money and is exactly as the book at the bookstore but less then half the price. Arrived very fast (2 days).

5-0 out of 5 stars Cengage Advantage Books: American Government and Politics Today, Brief Edition, 2010-2011
No issues with the product that was mail.I would advise to order ahead of time to ensure that your book arrives before your class start.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very useful
very good book, very good explanation of terms, helped me get an A from a tough instructor although the text book was something else. ... Read more

50. American Government and Politics Today - Texas Edition, 2009-2010
by Steffen W. Schmidt, Mack C. Shelley, Barbara A. Bardes, William Earl Maxwell, Ernest Crain
Hardcover: 1056 Pages (2009-01-29)
list price: US$175.95 -- used & new: US$128.38
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Asin: 0495568414
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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People are often hesitant to become involved in the political process, but AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY?TEXAS EDITION, 2009-2010 demonstrates how seemingly small steps can make a big difference. Combining comprehensive coverage of the U.S. and Texas political processes, the book uses intriguing, real-life examples and exercises to engage readers in the fascinating intricacies of American government?inspiring you to participate in the political process. As it introduces concepts, the book illustrates specific ways readers can participate, showing through exciting examples how individuals?of all ages and backgrounds?can make a profound impact. Active participation can be as simple as calling a local politician to share an opinion on a local issue, registering to vote, or viewing a town council meeting on local access cable. The book includes expanded coverage of the 2008 presidential election and promotes critical thinking throughout with issue discussion, comparison, and debate. Engaging and inspiring, AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS TODAY?TEXAS EDITION, 2009-2010 helps readers discover the importance of active, informed citizenship. Again and again, readers see the power of one to make a difference. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars :)
Book was everything it said it would be, except it didn't mention it would be in a binder format. I don't mind that though because it means you only have to bring the section of the book you will be using that day instead of a 10 pound hardcover book!

The shipping was very slow, but I did choose the cheapest way.

:) enjoy college!

3-0 out of 5 stars Unbound and Loose
I had to get this book for one of my classes. It came 5 days after ordering and the whole book was unbound. I have not used the book yet SO this rating is on the fact that AMAZON did not specify that that was unbound and loose. Would it have stopped me from purchasing this product.... YES! ... Read more

51. Kaplan AP U.S. Government & Politics, 2008 Edition (Kaplan Ap Us Government and Politics)
by Ulrich Kleinschmidt, Bill Brown
Paperback: 400 Pages (2008-01-01)
list price: US$18.00 -- used & new: US$9.50
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Asin: 1419551736
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Very good
This item combines all you need to succeed:
- it is well presented;
- gathers the necessary information you need - precise but concise;
- I found it quite entertaining in some ways
- and it is cheap - which is of paramount importance for a student who has to buy dozens of books a year!
I personaly haven't used the exercise pages yet but I should give it a go pretty soon.
I strongly recommend it for foreign people looking to improve their knowledge on the us governmental system.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good price and helpful
I bought this book for my daughter because she will need it for school in the fall. She actually used a different Kaplan book last semester and she said it was really helpful so I have no doubt that this one will work for her. Plus it was cheaper than in the store! ... Read more

52. American Government (Student Text)
by James Q. Wilson, Jr., John J. DiIulio
Hardcover: 614 Pages (2002-12-04)
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Asin: 0618299807
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Acclaimed for the scholarship of its prominent authors and the clarity of its narrative, American Government sets the standard for public policy coverage while maintaining focus on three fundamental topics: the institutions of American government; the historical development of governmental procedures, actors, and policies; and who governs in the US and to what end.

The Essentials version maintains the structure of the main text but replaces the policy chapters with one brief chapter on the policymaking process.

  • New! This thoroughly updated edition reflects both foreign and domestic events that currently affect US politics—including a discussion of the effects of 9/11 on American foreign policy and national security—combined with the latest scholarship in the field.
  • New! Coverage of the most recent domestic issues includes the 2004 term Congressional elections, the Bipartisan Campaign Finance Reform Act, and the George W. Bush presidency.
  • New! Enhanced coverage of the process of government, such as the workings of Congress and the implementation of law.
  • New! To augment the chapter summary and help students synthesize and think critically about what they learn, Revisiting the Enduring Questions appear at the end of each chapter as mini-essays and expand on the classic questions about democracy posed at the beginning of the chapter.
  • New! Suggested web links help students research US politics.

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53. The Architecture of Government: Rethinking Political Decentralization (Cambridge Studies in Comparative Politics)
by Daniel Treisman
Paperback: 348 Pages (2007-07-02)
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Asin: 0521693829
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Since the days of Montesquieu and Jefferson, political decentralization has been seen as a force for better government and economic performance. It is thought to bring government 'closer to the people', nurture civic virtue, protect liberty, exploit local information, stimulate policy innovation, and alleviate ethnic tensions. Inspired by such arguments, and generously funded by the major development agencies, countries across the globe have been racing to devolve power to local governments. This book re-examines the arguments that underlie the modern faith in decentralization. Using logical analysis and formal modeling, and appealing to numerous examples, it shows that most are based on vague intuitions or partial views that do not withstand scrutiny. A review of empirical studies of decentralization finds these as inconclusive and mutually contradictory as the theories they set out to test. ... Read more

54. Government Contracts Reference Book, 3rd Edition
by CCH Incorporated, Ralph C. Nash
Paperback: 650 Pages (2007-11-20)
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Asin: 0808017403
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Out of Date
Has been replaced by 1998 second edition ... Read more

55. The Second Treatise on Civil Government (Great Books in Philosophy)
by John Locke
Paperback: 132 Pages (1986-03)
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Asin: 0879753374
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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As one of the early Enlightenment philosophers in England, John Locke sought to bring reason and critical intelligence to the discussion of the origins of civil society. Endeavouring to reconstruct the nature and purpose of government, a social contract theory is proposed. "The Second Treatise" sets forth a detailed discussion of how civil society came to be and the nature of its inception. Locke's discussion of tacit consent, separation of powers, and the right of citizens to revolt against repressive governments, has made the Second Treatise one of the most influential essays in the history of political philosophy. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I had to read this book for my Political Science class.Having said that i am glad that I read it.This is a very good work showing Locke's thoughts on government which were ahead of his time.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Very Worthwhile Read
This work by John Locke should be read in its entirety.Too often the condensed descriptions of this book make Mr. Locke to seem rather naive.First there is the natural state of humanity before the formation of civil government.Locke does not really try to propound this period or situation as a utopia.He admits that in the natural state there would be strife.Instead what Locke does is formulate how rational beings would exist in a state of nature without a governing authority.In essence Locke formulates commonly consented rules by humans living in proximity.Thus Locke prefigures Frederick Hayek's order without design (see Law, Legislation and Liberty, Volume 1: Rules and Order.Locke believed in a God of Reason and demonstrated how reason is the basic means humans can live together in absence of governing authority.

Locke uses his basic rational order to demonstrate that humans created the governing authority to protect human life and property.It should be stressed that Locke considers the labor of a person to be his property.Thus slavery and forced labor become a type of robbery.

Readers will note that Locke separates the community, which basically consists of people using their informal rules and manners, from the government.Locke demonstrates that government is not a be all but has only certain limited functions in the community.

Locke then demonstrates that a ruler who governs for the benefit of himself or for the benefit of a small elite to the detriment of the rest of the citizens of the community is in effect making war on the community and its members.Such a ruler should be overthrown.

Locke thus provides the rational for overthrowing absolute monarchs and other tyrants.Locke demonstrates that the totalitarian Nazi, Leninist, and Maoist tyrants have no right to govern since the basic principle is to confiscate the property and people of the community to serve the leadership.

Locke, when read in its entirety, is a strong voice for liberty and justice.

5-0 out of 5 stars Most Representative Thinker in Anglo-American Tradition
John Locke (1632-1704) wrote "Second Treatise of Government" in 1690, it was the main political philosophical source that our "Founding Fathers" went to in writing the "Declaration of Independence" and in forming our government.I think you should know something of Locke to understand what influenced his thinking.His father was a small landowner, attorney, Puritan and his political sympathies were with the Cromwell Parliament.Like Hobbes, Locke attended Oxford Univ. and did not think much about the curriculum or his professors.Most of his education came from reading books in the Univ. library.Renee Descartes and Sir Isaac Newton's writings greatly influenced Locke.Like Hobbes, he took a tutoring job teaching the son of the 1st Earl of Shaftesbury, and traveled Europe.His friendship with the Earl was beneficial in obtaining government appointments.During the political unrest in England, (1679-83) he fled to Holland because his liberal notions put him at odds with the government.

Locke writes the "Second Treatise of Government" to justify the Revolt of 1688 and the ascension of William of Orange to the English throne.The book argues against two lines of absolutist ideas.The first is Sir Robert Filmer's "patriarchal theory of divine right of kings; secondly, Hobbes argument for the sovereign's absolute power in his book "Leviathan."Locke argues that government emanates from the people.Locke's treatise rests like other political writings on its interpretation of human nature.He sees our nature opposite the way Hobbes did, decent and not as selfish or competitive.Man is more inclined to join society through reason and not fear.Man prefers stability to change.

His very important contribution to "law of nature" theory was his bias toward individualism.In state of nature, before government, men were free independent, equal enjoying inalienable rights "chief among them being life, liberty, and property."Where have you read that before?Property rights receive much attention in this treatise.Locke argues that government based on consent of man can still preserve freedom independence and equality.

His political writing had immediate influence in the world and influenced our founding fathers in their struggle against tyranny.He is an excellent writer and his theories are easy to understand by the laymen.As a graduate student of political philosophy, I recommend if you have an interest in politics, philosophy, or government then you must read Locke's "Second Treatise of Government"

4-0 out of 5 stars Truly worthwhile
I love what he said about government, politics and toleration.It's kind of cool how he used the bible to push his point.This work is very influential and has been the modern foundation for many governments.Where would America be without John Locke?I believe that he was at the fore front of the British enligtenment.Along with Newton and Boyle he made the modern world what it is today.

5-0 out of 5 stars A reflection to the Declaration of Independence
The Second Treatise of Government provides Locke's theorizes the individual rights and involvement with the government; he categorizes them in two areas -- natural rights theory and social contract. 1.Natural state; rights which human beings are to have before government comes into being. 2.Social contact; when conditions in natural state are unsatisfactory, and there's need to develop society into functioning of central government.

Political Power and Natural state: He explains the need for civil government; by detailing life with the absence of civil government. This is the premature state of an entity; through this one can see the need and a role for a government structure.He begins by defining political power; which is the right of making laws with penalties varying with the nature of transgression. The laws are maintained for the preservation of property; the enrichment of the community and its defense.
He determines the need for civil government by expressing the state of society without a government.To maintain harmony; there is a need to maintain equality; this is the state of nature. The chief end for the human species is survival; to attain it we need life, liberty, health and property. These are natural rights that we have in a state of nature before the introduction of civil government, and all people have these rights equally.
The Natural State personifies a state of utopia; as it does not account for the realistic issues of violations of this natural state. There are no police, prosecutors or judges in the state of nature as these are all representatives of a government with full political power.In addition to our other rights, we have the rights to enforce the law and judge on our own behalf. We may intervene in cases where our own interests are not directly under threat to help enforce the law of nature. Still, the person who is most likely to enforce the law under these circumstances is the person who has been wronged. The basic principle of justice is that the punishment should be proportionate to the crime. When victims are judging a crime; they likely to judge it of greater severity than an impartial judge.As a result, there will be miscarriages of justice.

Slavery:Is the state of being in the absolute or arbitrary power of another. On Locke's definition of slavery there is only one way to become a legitimate slave. In order to do so one must be an unjust aggressor defeated in war. The just victor then has the option to either kill the aggressor or enslave them. Locke tells us that the state of slavery is the continuation of the state of war between a lawful conqueror and a captive, in which the conqueror delays to take the life of the captive, and instead makes use of him; only in this condition is slavery legitimate.Illegitimate slavery is the state in which someone possesses absolute power over someone else without just cause. Locke holds that it is this illegitimate state of slavery which absolute monarchs wish to impose upon their subjects.

Property:In evolution of the state of nature to civil government. It is the account of nature and origin of property, which leads to the explanation of why civil government replaces the state of nature. In discussing the origin of private property Locke begins by noting that God gave the earth to all men.Locke holds that we have a property in our own person. And the labor of our body and the work of our hands properly belong to us. The state of evolution for property is hunter/gatherer to agriculture to introduction of money; each development provides more flexibility and removes limitations of trade; creating economical inequality. The inequality may cause quarrels which increases the numbers of violations of the law.
The institution of civil government comes about because of the difficulties in the state of nature. Rather clearly, on Locke's view, these difficulties increase with the increase in population, the decrease in available resources, and the advent of economic inequality which results from the introduction of money. These conditions lead to an increase in the number of violations of the natural law. Thus, the inconvenience of having to redress such grievances on one's own behalf become much more acute, since there are significantly more of them. These lead to the introduction of civil government.

Social Contract Theory:Locke's argument for the right of the majority is the theoretical ground for the distinction between duty to society and duty to government. When the designated government dissolves, men remain obligated to society acting through majority rule. It is entirely possible for the majority to confer the rule of the community on a king, oligarchs or an assembly. Thus, the social contract is not linked to democracy; still a government must perform the legitimate function of government.

Civil Government: The aim of such a legitimate civil government is to preserve, so far as possible, the rights to life, liberty, health and property of its citizens, and to prosecute and punish those of its citizens who violate the rights of others and to pursue the public good even where this may conflict with the rights of individuals. In doing this it provides something unavailable in the state of nature, an impartial judge to determine the severity of the crime, and to set a punishment proportionate to the crime. ... Read more

56. Essentials of American Government: Continuity and Change, 2008 Edition (8th Edition)
by Karen O'Connor, Larry J. Sabato
Paperback: 528 Pages (2007-02-03)
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Guided by the belief that students must first understand how American government developed to fully understand the issues facing the United States in the 21st century, O'Connor/Sabato Essentials of American Government offers the strongest coverage of history and current events of any brief college textbook devoted to the fundamentals of American politics. This 14-chapter best-selling book provides the historical context students need to understand American government and the most crucial and controversial issues affecting the nation, but in an abbreviated format. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Just what he needed
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5-0 out of 5 stars Essentials of American Government 2008 Edition
Really happy with my order. I ordered on Wed and got the book on Sat. This is really good since my class starts on Mon. Thanks for the fast turnaround.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good and simple enough
It's a typical Government book for class.It has a lot of info, but it breaks it down pretty well in my opinion.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great way to learn about our government
Interesting and engaging writing that kept my attention. ... Read more

57. American Government (Pacemaker)
 Hardcover: 356 Pages (2001-01)
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58. The Case for Big Government: (New in Paper) (The Public Square Book Series)
by Jeff Madrick
Paperback: 224 Pages (2010-02-28)
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Political conservatives have long believed that the best government is a small government. But if this were true, noted economist Jeff Madrick argues, the nation would not be experiencing stagnant wages, rising health care costs, increasing unemployment, and concentrations of wealth for a narrow elite. In this perceptive and eye-opening book, Madrick proves that an engaged government--a big government of high taxes and wise regulations--is necessary for the social and economic answers that Americans desperately need in changing times. He shows that the big governments of past eras fostered greatness and prosperity, while weak, laissez-faire governments marked periods of corruption and exploitation. The Case for Big Government considers whether the government can adjust its current policies and set the country right.

Madrick explains why politics and economics should go hand in hand; why America benefits when the government actively nourishes economic growth; and why America must reject free market orthodoxy and adopt ambitious government-centered programs. He looks critically at today's politicians--at Republicans seeking to revive nineteenth-century principles, and at Democrats who are abandoning the pioneering efforts of the Great Society. Madrick paints a devastating portrait of the nation's declining social opportunities and how the economy has failed its workers. He looks critically at today's politicians and demonstrates that the government must correct itself to address these serious issues.

A practical call to arms, The Case for Big Government asks for innovation, experimentation, and a willingness to fail. The book sets aside ideology and proposes bold steps to ensure the nation's vitality.

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5-0 out of 5 stars Useful review of an important and timely subject.
An excellent book!Useful and realistic answer to the glib and self-serving recommondations of the right to lower taxes, limit government, deregulate pivotal activities like the financial world, big corporations, and let us not forget, oil drilling, and son on. I shall get copies to give away. ... Read more

59. Government by the People, 2009 Edition (23rd Edition)
by David B. Magleby, Paul C. Light
Hardcover: 656 Pages (2009-01-01)
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Building on decades of authoritative scholarship, this completely updated text continues to offer accessible, carefully crafted, and straightforward coverage of the foundations of American politics, as well consistent focus on the achievements of a government by the people


In an increasingly cynical world, GBTP emphasizes that politics matters and encourages, motivates, and even inspires students–with accounts of individual and collective acts of courageousness, intellect, and integrity in the political arena–to be effective and informed citizens.  


With each chapter now framed by nationally-selected learning objectives and chapter mastery self-tests, several compelling new features, and an all new contemporary design, this thoroughly updated Twenty-Third Edition continues in the book’s long tradition for excellence.  As we enter this very complex political era, there is no more reliable or more relevant text to help you advance your students from being simple onlookers to knowledgeable participants in the American political experience.

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2-0 out of 5 stars All freakin highlighted!
Well it arrived in good time. Not until I got into class and opened my book to chapter one did I notice the HIGHLIGHTER. Chapter one is completely marked all over in purple and pink highlighter. I am very unhappy I won't be buying from this person again.

5-0 out of 5 stars Class Act
This is a very good book. I would have arranged the chapter topics in a slightly different order, mainly because the teacher's edition does not quite match up with the way the student edition has been arranged.All in all, the material is good, and current.

1-0 out of 5 stars No book yet???
Ordered text on the 19th of Aug, paid for expedited shiping and still have no book.
I received other books I ordered on the same day at regular shipping rates. The book I needed the most is still not here!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars I was satisfied
I was happy when I got the book because it came just in time and it looked in good shape! =]

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Condition
I thought that a used book would look well... used! But actually it looked like it was new. All the pages were intact and it still had that new book smell, no writing, highlighting, stains, etc. I would definitely buy another book fromamazon again. ... Read more


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