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AmGov
Long Story Short

Second Edition
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January 2021 | 392 pages | CQ Press

All the fundamentals. No fluff. Learn more with less!

AmGov: Long Story Short helps students learn the nuts and bolts of American Government. Unlike competitors, this bestseller responds to the need for quick studying and skimming by design—the succinct ten chapters are separated by tabs that make it easy to flip, revisit, reorient, and return to content quickly. Reading aids like bullets, annotations, and arrows walk students through important facts and break up the material in short, engaging bites of information. Though brief, the Second Edition of this core book is still robust and current enough to provide everything that students need to be successful in their American Government course. Whether for the on-the-go student who doesn’t have time to read and digest a lengthy chapter, or for the instructor who wants a book that will stay out of their way and leave room for plenty of supplementary reading and activities, AmGov provides a perfectly simplified foundation for a successful American Government course.

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ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
 
READ THIS FIRST (OR NOTHING ELSE WILL MAKE SENSE)
 
CHAPTER 1: Politics and Citizenship
Introduction to Politics

 
1.1. Coming to Terms: Politics, Government, and Economics

 
1.2. Political-Economic Systems

 
1.3. American Political Culture

 
1.4. American Political Ideologies

 
1.5. Political Narratives and the Media

 
1.6. Mediated Citizenship

 
Big Think

 
Key Terms

 
 
CHAPTER 2: The United States’ Founding
Introduction to the Founding

 
2.1. The Social Contract and the Declaration of Independence

 
2.2. The Articles of Confederation

 
2.3. The Constitutional Convention

 
2.4. Ratification

 
2.5. Translating Basic Constitutional Principles Into a New Government

 
2.6. Federalism

 
2.7. The Evolution of Federalism

 
Big Think

 
Key Terms

 
 
CHAPTER 3: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
Introduction to Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

 
3.1. The Bill of Rights

 
3.2. Civil Liberties—Understanding the First Amendment

 
3.3. Civil Liberties—Understanding Due Process Rights

 
3.4. Civil Liberties—Understanding the Right to Privacy

 
3.5. Civil Rights—Battling Political Inequality

 
3.6. Civil Rights—The Case of Race

 
3.7. Civil Rights—The Case of Gender

 
3.8. The Persistence of Inequality in America

 
Big Think

 
Key Terms

 
 
CHAPTER 4: The Legislative Branch
Introduction to the Legislative Branch

 
4.1. How the Constitution Structures Congress

 
4.2. How Congress Organizes Itself

 
4.3. The Congressional Role in Checks and Balances

 
4.4. Doing the Hard Work of Making Laws

 
4.5. Tensions That Challenge Congress’s Ability to Do Its Job

 
4.6. Congressional Elections

 
4.7. Who Runs and Who Wins?

 
4.8. The 117th Congress

 
Big Think

 
Key Terms

 
 
CHAPTER 5: The Executive Branch
Introduction to the Executive Branch

 
5.1. The Job of the American President

 
5.2. The Evolution of the American Presidency

 
5.3. Presidents, Popularity, and Congress

 
5.4. What Is Bureaucracy, and Why Do We Need It?

 
5.5. The Purpose and Organization of the White House Bureaucracy.

 
5.6. The Purpose and Organization of the Federal Bureaucracy: The Rest of the Executive Branch

 
5.7. Power Plays in the Bureaucracy

 
Big Think

 
Key Terms

 
 
CHAPTER 6: The Judicial Branch
Introduction to the Judiciary

 
6.1. Kinds of Laws

 
6.2. The American Legal System

 
6.3. Who’s Who and What’s What in a Court of Law?

 
6.4. Equality and the Criminal Justice System

 
6.5. The Constitution, Congress, and the Dual Court System

 
6.6. The Supreme Court

 
Big Think

 
Key Terms

 
 
CHAPTER 7: Parties and Interest Groups
Introduction to Parties and Interest Groups

 
7.1. Parties and Interest Groups Defined

 
7.2. The Role of Parties in a Democracy

 
7.3. Party Organization and Decision Making

 
7.4. The Parties Today

 
7.5. Interest Group Basics

 
7.6. Interest Group Politics

 
7.7. Was Madison Right to Worry?

 
Big Think

 
Key Terms

 
 
CHAPTER 8: Public Opinion, Campaigns, and Elections
Introduction to Public Opinion, Campaigns, and Elections

 
8.1. The Quality of Public Opinion

 
8.2. How Do We Know What Americans Think

 
8.3. How Do We Form Our Opinions?

 
8.4. The Ultimate Poll—Voting in U.S. Elections

 
8.5. Presidential Elections

 
8.6. The General Election and the Electoral College

 
Big Think

 
Key Terms

 
 
CHAPTER 9: Media and Political Communication
Introduction to Media and Political Communication

 
9.1. Where We Get Our Information

 
9.2. Media Ownership and Government Regulation

 
9.3. What Do Journalists Do?

 
9.4. How Those in the Media Can Shape Political Narratives

 
9.5. The Stakeholders Strike Back

 
9.6. Imagine: How Citizens Can Reclaim the Narrative

 
Big Think

 
Key Terms

 
 
CHAPTER 10: Domestic and Foreign Policy
Introduction to Policy

 
10.1. Making Public Policy

 
10.2. Social Policy

 
10.3. Policy Making for Health Care

 
10.4. Economic Policy

 
10.5. Foreign Policy

 
Big Think

 
Key Terms

 
 
GLOSSARY
 
INDEX
 
AFTERWORD

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You can still access all of the same online resources for this title via the password-protected Instructor Resource Site.

The open-access Student Study Site makes it easy for students to maximize their study time, anywhere, anytime. It offers flashcards that strengthen understanding of key terms and concepts, as well as learning objectives that reinforce the most important material.

Used prior edition; like updates!

Kevin Lorentz
Political Science, Saginaw Valley State Univ
May 11, 2021
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • The new edition is available as a digital option through SAGE Vantage, an intuitive digital platform that offers auto-graded assignments and interactive multimedia tools—including video—all designed to enable students to better prepare for class. Learn more.
  • New information added throughout all chapters about trends among Gen Z, especially as compared to other generations.
  • Streamlined heading structure ensures alignment of each major heading to each chapter learning objective professors can clearly see where
  • Over a dozen figures and numerous tables have been updated. Most figures reflect important changes as a result of the 2020 election.
  • Updated examples on appointments of new Supreme Court Justices, the 2020 election cycle, party politics, and impeachment included throughout all chapters help to illustrate important themes and concepts for students using relevant examples.
KEY FEATURES:
  • 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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