Higher Education

American Government: Brief Version, 10th Edition

  • James Q. Wilson University of California
  • ISBN-10: 0495906786  |  ISBN-13: 9780495906780
  • 448 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2008, 2005
  • © 2012 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $142.50
  • Newer Edition Available
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About

Overview

This popular brief edition text for the one-semester or one-quarter American Government course maintains the framework of Wilson's comprehensive text, emphasizing the historical development of the American political system, who governs, and to what ends. AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, BRIEF VERSION, TENTH EDITION offers new coverage of such key and emerging issues as the 2010 campaigns and elections; leadership of President Obama and the 111th Congress; the economic downturn and new policies to combat the crisis; healthcare reform; recent changes to the Supreme Court; same-sex marriage; and the war in Afghanistan. The text also emphasizes critical thinking skills throughout and includes many tools to help students maximize their study efforts ... and results.

Features and Benefits

  • AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, BRIEF VERSION, TENTH EDITION is known for its outstanding scholarship, strong historical coverage, and focus on institutions and policy, in a concise, affordable package that covers the essential concepts in American government.
  • Students learn to think critically and synthesize the material through the text's chapter-opening Enduring Questions, chapter-closing Reconsidering the Enduring Questions, and conversational narrative that expands on the classic issues of democracy.
  • Key facts and concepts are pulled out in each chapter to guide students, while marginal definitions serve as helpful references while reading.
  • Landmark Cases highlight the most important court cases and provide brief overviews of their decisions.
  • Numerous, colorful figures, tables, and photographs engage students and bring concepts to life, while end-of-chapter Online Resources, CourseMate guide, and Suggested Readings point students toward further application and enrichment.

Table of Contents

1. What Should We Know About American Government?
2. The Constitution.
3. Civil Liberties.
4. Civil Rights.
5. Federalism.
6. Public Opinion and the Media.
7. Political Parties and Interest Groups.
8. Campaigns and Elections.
9. Congress.
10. The Presidency.
11. The Bureaucracy.
12. The Judiciary.
13. Making Domestic Policy.
14. Making Foreign and Military Policy.
15. How American Government Has Changed.

What's New

  • New! New topics include the 2010 campaigns and elections; coverage of the Obama administration and the 111th Congress; the economic downturn and new policies to combat the crisis; healthcare reform; recent changes to the Supreme Court; same-sex marriage; the war in Afghanistan; and the increased role of the Internet and other technology in today's political world.
  • New! Each chapter includes a new "So What?" section, posing a question to students about the content ahead, asking them to brainstorm about possible answers, and then offering an alternate answer that may not be so apparent.
  • New! A new "What Would You Do?" box in each chapter further enhances the critical thinking emphasis of the book, challenging students to explore their opinions on controversial topics and generating classroom discussion and debate.
  • New! "How We Compare" features show how other nations around the world structure their governments and policies in relation to the U.S. and ask students to think about the results of these differences.
  • New! Each chapter now concludes with a guide to the multimedia resources available for that chapter's concepts on the book's CourseMate site, including videos, simulations, animated learning modules, and quizzing, all coordinated to the topics at hand.

Learning Resource Bundles

Choose the textbook packaged with the resources that best meet your course and student needs. Contact your Learning Consultant for more information.

Bundle: American Government: Brief Version, 10th + CourseReader Printed Access Card for American Government

ISBN-10: 1111653836  | ISBN-13: 9781111653835

List Price = $202.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $152.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • American Government: Brief Version
    List Price = $189.95  | CengageBrain Price = $189.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $142.50
  • CourseReader 0-30: American Government Printed Access Card
    List Price = $66.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $49.50


Printed Text + + CourseReader Instant Access Code for American Government

ISBN-10:  1111653828  | ISBN-13:  9781111653828

List Price = $202.95  | CengageBrain Price = $202.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $152.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • American Government: Brief Version
    List Price = $189.95  | CengageBrain Price = $189.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $142.50
  • CourseReader 0-30: American Government Instant Access
    List Price = $66.00  | CengageBrain Price = $66.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $66.00


Bundle: American Government: Brief Version, 10th + Election 2010: An American Government Supplement

ISBN-10:  1111872562  | ISBN-13:  9781111872564

List Price = $219.95  | CengageBrain Price = $219.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $165.00

This Bundle Includes:

  • American Government: Brief Version
    List Price = $189.95  | CengageBrain Price = $189.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $142.50
  • Election 2010: An American Government Supplement
    List Price = $29.95  | CengageBrain Price = $29.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $22.50


Printed Text, Brief + WebTutor™ on WebCT™ with eBook on Gateway Instant Access Code

ISBN-10:  1111627401  | ISBN-13:  9781111627409

List Price = $209.95  | CengageBrain Price = $209.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $157.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • American Government: Brief Version
    List Price = $189.95  | CengageBrain Price = $189.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $142.50
  • WebTutor™ on WebCT™ with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access, Brief
    List Price = $144.00  | CengageBrain Price = $144.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $144.00


Printed Text, Brief + WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway Instant Access Code

ISBN-10:  1111627398 | ISBN-13:  9781111627393

List Price = $209.95  | CengageBrain Price = $209.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $157.50

This Bundle Includes:

  • American Government: Brief Version
    List Price = $189.95  | CengageBrain Price = $189.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $142.50
  • WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access
    List Price = $144.00  | CengageBrain Price = $144.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $144.00


Efficacy and Outcomes

Reviews

"This is superb book. It covers a tremendous amount of material briefly and clearly without sacrificing complexity or compromising scholarly standards. Moreover, it's balanced; the author has no axe to grind, no partisan agenda he's seeking to further."

— Kenneth L. Grasso, Texas State University

"Wilson has always had the gift of lucidity... I like the idea of 'Enduring Questions', as today's students seem to need the bottom line."

— Frederick L. Shiels, Mercy College

"Strengths: 1) Depth of coverage even though it is a brief version. The major topics with each chapter are covered well; 2) Breakdown of the chapters into subdivisions that enhance the main topic from within; 3) the blue boxes that include the definitions of major topics, words, events or other important information; and 4) the Enduring Questions with the 'Reconsidering the Enduring Questions' at the end of the chapter. These are excellent starter questions to get the class engaged at the beginning and throughout the course of the lecture and class."

— A. Michael Kinney, Calhoun Community College

Supplements

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For more information about these supplements, or to obtain them, contact your Learning Consultant.

Instructor Supplements

Political Science CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 111135636X | ISBN-13: 9781111356361)

Cengage Learning's CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Maximize your course success with the integrated eBook and chapter-specific learning tools that include flashcards, quizzes, videos, and more in your CourseMate. Key Features: Interactive eBook, Engagement Tracker, Learning Objectives, Tutorial Quizzes, Glossary and Flashcards, and Web Links and References.

List Price = $132.00  | CengageBrain Price = $132.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $132.00

WebTutor™ on WebCT™ with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access, Brief  (ISBN-10: 1111472971 | ISBN-13: 9781111472979)

Rich with content for your American government course, this Web-based teaching and learning tool includes course management, study/mastery, and communication tools. Use WebTutor to provide virtual office hours, post your syllabus, and track student progress with WebTutor's quizzing material. For students, WebTutor offers real-time access to interactive online tutorials and simulations, practice quizzes, and Web links -- all correlated to AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, BRIEF VERSION, TENTH EDITION.

List Price = $144.00  | CengageBrain Price = $144.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $144.00

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111473013 | ISBN-13: 9781111473013)

Rich with content for your American government course, this Web-based teaching and learning tool includes course management, study/mastery, and communication tools. Use WebTutor to provide virtual office hours, post your syllabus, and track student progress with WebTutor's quizzing material. For students, WebTutor offers real-time access to interactive online tutorials and simulations, practice quizzes, and Web links -- all correlated to AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, BRIEF VERSION, TENTH EDITION.

List Price = $144.00  | CengageBrain Price = $144.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $144.00

Political Theatre DVD 2.0  (ISBN-10: 0495793604 | ISBN-13: 9780495793601)

Bring politics home to students with Political Theatre 2.0, up-to-date through the 2008 election season. This is the second edition of this 3 DVD series and includes real video clips that show American political thought throughout the public sector. Clips include both classic and contemporary political advertisements, speeches, interviews and more. Available to adopters of Cengage textbooks, version 2.0 provides lots of added functionality with this updated edition.

ABC News DVD: Speeches by Barack Obama  (ISBN-10: 1439082472 | ISBN-13: 9781439082478)

This DVD includes nine famous speeches by President Barack Obama, from 2004 to present day, including his speech at the 2004 Democratic National Convention; his 2008 speech on race, "A More Perfect Union"; and his 2009 inaugural address. Speeches are divided into short video segments for easy, time-efficient viewing. This instructor supplement also features critical thinking questions and answers for each speech, designed to spark class discussion.

Election 2010: An American Government Supplement  (ISBN-10: 1111341788 | ISBN-13: 9781111341787)

Written by John Clark and Brian Schaffner, this booklet addresses the 2010 congressional and gubernatorial races, with real-time analysis and references.

List Price = $29.95  | CengageBrain Price = $29.95  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $22.50

Student Supplements

Political Science CourseMate with eBook Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 111135636X | ISBN-13: 9781111356361)

Cengage Learning's Political Science CourseMate brings course concepts to life with interactive learning, study, and exam preparation tools that support the printed textbook. Access an integrated eBook, learning tools including flashcards, quizzes, and more, all designed specifically to work with AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, 10th Edition. You'll also receive access to InfoTrac, an online library that includes more than 20 million articles from nearly 6,000 sources.

List Price = $132.00  | CengageBrain Price = $132.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $132.00

WebTutor™ on WebCT™ with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access, Brief  (ISBN-10: 1111472971 | ISBN-13: 9781111472979)

WebTutor offers real-time access to interactive online tutorials and simulations, practice quizzes, primary source quizzes and Web links -- all correlated to AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, BRIEF VERSION, TENTH EDITION.

List Price = $144.00  | CengageBrain Price = $144.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $144.00

WebTutor™ on Blackboard® with eBook on Gateway, 1 term (6 months) Instant Access  (ISBN-10: 1111473013 | ISBN-13: 9781111473013)

WebTutor offers real-time access to interactive online tutorials and simulations, practice quizzes, primary source quizzes and Web links -- all correlated to AMERICAN GOVERNMENT, BRIEF VERSION, TENTH EDITION.

List Price = $144.00  | CengageBrain Price = $144.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $144.00

NewsNow Instant Access Code  (ISBN-10: 1111576270 | ISBN-13: 9781111576271)

List Price = $29.00  | CengageBrain Price = $29.00  | College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $29.00

Meet the Author

Author Bio

James Q. Wilson

James Q. Wilson most recently taught at Boston College and Pepperdine University. He was Professor Emeritus of Management and Public Administration at UCLA and was previously Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard University. He wrote more than a dozen books on the subjects of public policy, bureaucracy, and political philosophy. He was president of the American Political Science Association (APSA), and he is the only political scientist to win three of the four lifetime achievement awards presented by the APSA. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, in 2003. Professor Wilson passed away in March of 2012 after battling cancer. His work helped shape the field of political science in the United States. His many years of service to his AMERICAN GOVERNMENT book remain evident on every page and will continue for many editions to come.