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Mack C. Shelley Dr. Shelley is a professor of political science and statistics at Iowa State University. Description Reviews 0 For many, American politics and government have never been more interesting—or more important.
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Nancy Pelosi was House minority leader at that time i. I have seen worse American government texts, and I have seen better ones. I think that, all in all, this textbook is "above-average," compared to those intro American textbooks with which I am familiar.
I would estimate that over the years I used or carefully examined at least 30 intro American government texts. Another good thing about this textbook is that the attention paid to media in the operation of the American political system. This textbook takes media seriously and addresses media effectively and instructively much of the time. Less good, as already noted above, is the early recognition of the important role of socialization in the operation of the American political system, only to be followed by the presumably unwitting socializing--unwelcome and inappropriate socializing, in my mind--in the textbook itself.
Finally, the textbook is too long. The text itself is quite thorough and covers a multitude of subjects on American government and politics. It has a significant amount of information to the point that there is a large degree of depth on certain key concepts. One of its strengths Comprehensiveness rating: 5 see less. One of its strengths is that it also outlines the relevant points at the end of each chapter, as well as displaying questions for critical reflection.
I believe that, though there are a massive range of subjects to digest, it is fully appropriate for undergraduates at the college level taking introductory courses in American politics. It is quite fair and presents key arguments as well as outlining all the basics of any standard American government textbook. The textbook itself remains reasonably accurate and illustrates the material from an objective viewpoint.
The material seems easily comprehensible for undergraduates and does not get lost in the lingo of the particular field.
Students today are looking for something simple and to the point, and this text seems to check off all of the important components of American government in general. It is hard for a government text to cover every single debate or point on politics, but at least this text presents itself well to the best of its ability while establishing a blueprint for what college students, nonmajor and majors alike in political science, should understand about American politics.
Particularly noteworthy are the takeaway sections after each chapter that help students to bring together what they should be learning within a traditional undergraduate government course.
The text seems quite relevant and up to date on the latest debates in US politics of the last few years. What is also somewhat noteworthy is that the text presents the material from a point of view that current events are included, as well as pop culture references to help undergraduates connect learning outside of the classroom with what they are learning on a college campus.
The text is also not disconnected from reality and seems to be grounded in language that many students can understand, traditional and nontraditional students alike. This is especially important because often when teaching undergraduates who have nontraditional backgrounds, they are looking for a very rudimentary way to understand the concepts; this text does a fairly good job of outlining key points in US government history as well as projecting accurately what the future holds for this field.
The text avoids using too much jargon that is only understood by elite academics or persons with a large amount of experience studying politics. The book is actually well thought out in terms of presentation and immediately helping students to get the main idea of an article or passage within the book.
The side issues within the blue boxes, such as a section on the Iraq war especially when discussing current events or key points in history , also help to give more clarity towards applying the chapter material to real-life situations that assist students with understanding how to put American government political theories to good use.
The text is very consistent and methodical in its approach to presentation of the material. The terminology is sufficient and appropriate for the undergraduate level to the point that each chapter will not go over the head of any beginning political science student. I would surmise that my students both past and future will be able to grasp these concepts quite easily. The textbook is also far from a jumbled mess and is easily understood within the context of American politics within today's Internet and technology age.
I predict that this book can be presented at a number of small and larger colleges as appropriate reading material for many levels of students from all walks of life.
The text contains plentiful subheadings and sections that can be easily divided within a semester long government course. It is also easy for students to find topic headings for writing assignments, essays, and research papers without having to look through the entire text to get some idea of what they want to research. The writing is fluid and easy to follow without causing confusion. I am satisfied with the various chapter headings and the fact that the text seems to cover all of the important areas of politics in general with respect to American government and the information age.
The text is predictable enough to know what order one can learn about politics and information, the role of the media, and other topics within the information age without searching for an answer and having to go back repeatedly.
Overall, there is less confusion in the layout on a level that is consistent with freshmen government and underclassmen government courses. The text is presented easily with no visible problems with the text or outline visually as far as can be seen. The pictures make sense and match the articles to the degree that one is able to follow along without any problems.
Students with special needs will also be able to follow the text easily, and enough visible cues are interspersed throughout the book to give readers of many learning styles the ability to follow along without problems. No discernible errors can be found within the text as far as the eye can see. I also cannot find any glaring obviously mistakes from my recollection.
The text has been edited quite well and includes some solid interactive links that assist students and complements the body of the text itself. I would assume that many levels of student abilities can be reached from the way that the text is written without being overly confusing for any reader.
The material is professionally written from an objective point of view that presents all sides fairly. I do not detect any particular political bias or opinion that is controversial within any chapters as far as I know.
The text avoids being too sensationalized with any subject matter and simply reports and explains the popular, standard debates within American politics, along with technology issues with respect to the political system. I see no problems assigning this text to readers of any race, religion, ethnicity, and language group. In fact, I would applaud the author for the thoroughness of the material itself and the research put into it. Nice job, overall, the text seems very concise and easy to follow.
I would recommend any undergraduate student to pick up this text or at least for any professor to assign this on topics relating to American politics, technology, or the media and the study of politics overall. There is no index or glossary provided. That is a definite weakness for a textbook that spans across pages in a.
Comprehensiveness rating: 1 see less. The disjointed presentation makes it difficult to answer this question. This book feels like it is going through an identity crisis and tries to do too many things at once: provide a survey of American national government, chronicle changes in mass media and communication, and then analyze the role of mass media in the American political system.
The mass media discussion can be devoted to about two chapters in the middle of textbook after the authors have provided a foundation of the major political events, people, and policy decisions that have shaped the development of the country.
The mass media discussion with these and other topics is a chore to read through, even if someone does have a genuine interest in the mass media. Usage of terminology that no one uses with frequency. This makes one question whether other information disseminated is accurate.
The claim that this term is often used to describe the behavior in question is not accurate. Fact-checking the textbook on claims like this is a massive undertaking for such a lengthy volume. There are entities named that have changed titles. Sirius and XM are mentioned as separate satellite radio entities when they have now merged into one service owned by Liberty Media at the time of this review. Although the authors wanted to frame the discussion in terms of American politics through the lens of mass media in the information age, it leads to dated references like these that students will not necessarily connect to.
It will take a significant amount of time to not only update these references, but it will take a significant amount of effort to make this material resonate with students in a way that makes the content feel contemporary. A dated textbook on mass media in the information age tied to American government is not going to spark the interest of students to learn about the nuances of American political institutions and behavior.
Language can be clunky with words that are not accessible, as well as sentences that are too lengthy. In addition, how would one know what is meant by phrases like "information gathering," "public appeal," and the "opposition?
The phrasing of things is not particularly clear. The book is not written to the level of the audience. The learning objectives are poorly worded. Being able to answer various substantive questions are not learning objectives; the objectives should be reworded to feature action verbs that relate to the subject matter e.
The learning objectives are not presented in a way that help the student understand the skills they can develop by reviewing the materials. Not particularly. The work definitely feels like it is constructed by multiple authors with different substantive interests and writing styles.
The chapters are broken up into smaller modules, but the modules are not linked together with clear transitions. There does not seem to be a clear beginning, middle, and end with each chapter. Needs more structure. Priorities are not in order. More time is spent discussing blogging than either the Continental Congress or the Articles of Confederation. What is the explanation for the lack of information about such crucial elements related to the founding of the republic?
It is bizarre that there is an exercise question in section 2. A student would have to read ahead into section 2. The book presents advanced material way too early. The topics of framing and priming, concepts that would normally not even be discussed in extensive detail within the initial chapter of most upper division political behavior or public opinion texts, are inexplicably discussed at length in the initial chapter.
How would students be able to understand sophisticated topics like priming and framing without providing the needed substantive background information? The first chapter learning objectives box in 1. A more efficient presentation of material would include a focused section directly on this topic within the 1. This lack of direct connection between topics in the learning objectives and topics in the body of particular chapter sections is observable throughout the book.
Images can be very small. Even when clicking on the pictures to enlarge them, the text within graphics and charts can be a bit hard to read. The lack of meaningful descriptive text for some of the diagrams raises concerns about whether the text is accessible to those that are visually impaired.
Text under pictures that serve as captions are much too small, even when zoomed in. Keyword terms in the. Some pictures do not even have a caption or descriptive text, such as on pg. Footnotes can be way too lengthy; see pg. Is an undergraduate student really going to read a footnote that long? The section on Native American reservations on pg. Some features of WorldCat will not be available. Create lists, bibliographies and reviews: or. Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you.