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Long Story Short

Second Edition

January 2021 | 392 pages | CQ Press

CHAPTER 1: Politics and Citizenship
CHAPTER 2: The United States’ Founding
CHAPTER 3: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
CHAPTER 4: The Legislative Branch
CHAPTER 5: The Executive Branch
CHAPTER 6: The Judicial Branch
CHAPTER 7: Parties and Interest Groups
CHAPTER 8: Public Opinion, Campaigns, and Elections
CHAPTER 9: Media and Political Communication
CHAPTER 10: Domestic and Foreign Policy
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  • Annotations on the left keep students on target, giving them questions to guide their reading, points to remember, and succinct definitions and summaries.
  • Dig Deeper features direct students to additional online resources that they can easily access to expand their knowledge around key topics.
  • 10 Streamlined chapters break down the topical coverage into brief, skill-building learning modules and provide a detailed guide for understanding the basics of American government.
  • Color-coded tabs separate each chapter making it easy to skim, flip, revisit, reorient, and return to content quickly. 
  • A spiral binding creates a resource that will lay flat for easy reference, helping students with hands-free reading and studying.
  • A conversational writing style that is fun to read keeps students engaged while still offering educationally valuable content. 
  • Reading aids like bullets, annotations, and arrows walk students through important facts and breaks up the material in short, engaging bites of information. 
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ISBN: 9781071808979