The presence of links and sidebars provides a wealth of additional information that would be helpful to students. A list of sources cited is included at the end of each chapter.
There is no index There is no index included at the end of the book, or an independent glossary of key terms. The content is accurate and error-free.
The author does not exhibit a bias. However, an issue in using this text with students is that many are already pre-disposed to find bias in the media, or reasons for lacking trust in information received through media sources. While it is important for students to understand how media shapes political information, it is equally important to understand that there is also much reliable information available, as well as the need to sort between more legitimate and less legitimate sources.
Not enough attention is devoted to this matter in the text. My concern in using this book is that students may conclude that all media information is equally unreliable.
The text is very lucid, accessible, and jargon free. It is also well-written in that it is interesting and compelling. The book is logical and well organized for its intended comment. An improvement would be to include more information in the first chapter on how to differentiate between more legitimate and less legitimate media sources. The book is not culturally offensive. There is a specific section for African Americans and other groups are listed under "other. These numbers are significant enough that the latter two should not just be listed under "other.
This textbook covers all the traditional topics and areas of United States politics and government. Containing seventeen chapters and over pages, it presents a thorough understanding of complex political institutions and issues.
It also has a It also has a nice current theme with interacting the influence of social media and modern technology in each chapter. The book is accurate and error free; it presents a well rounded look at political ideology, issues, and controversial topics. The text reads in a balanced approach between liberal and conservative viewpoints. With any United States Government textbook, being "up to date" and relevant is a continuing problem. Published in , it obviously is lacking in information on the and elections. The history of the Supreme Court for the last five years is also not presented, but those can easily be accessed online.
The text does link the reader to excellent Supreme Court sites. Interesting, well written, great examples, and relevant material, this product makes for a solid textbook. Interesting links to online information is also top notch. Nice hyperlinks to videos are listed at the end of each section. Chapter concepts are presented on a standard basis. Though a bit difficult to navigate where is the table of content and links to each chapter? The text offers a nice presentation of materials in a logical order; it follows the standard textbook for topic development.
Chapter One does seem out of place, as it is a rather dull opening of the influence of technology on the modern political setting. There is a need for more pictures, charts, and graphics, though the ones presented looked top quality and easy to read. The interface is difficult to navigate, as there is no table of content or index. Students will need to do some searching to quickly find topics they are interested in exploring. No errors noted in my reading of the textbook.
I conducted a "Document Readability" analysis of the text; the results came back between an " Well rounded on the discussion of contemporary cultural issues. Chapters Five and Eight offer updated information on current issues as of , at least. Improve the interface a bit more, and this would be an excellent open text alternative for United States Government and Politics courses.
The price is right and the easy access to the student makes this a strong possibility that I will incorporate the text into my classroom next term. It also provides a number of additional features -- for instance, its "civic education" sidebars It also provides a number of additional features -- for instance, its "civic education" sidebars that encourage students to get involved in politics -- that add to its appeal.
There are two major drawbacks with respect to its comprehensiveness: 1 it does not have a detailed index or table of contents; and 2 its discussions of topics are quite dated in numerous places. I will discuss this in more detail below. Instructors who use this text can feel confident that their students are being provided with a relatively unbiased and fact-rich survey of American national politics.
As a classroom instructor, I would have significant concerns about using this text without significant updating.
Yet in numerous places, the text's age clearly shows. For instance, the discussion of media on pp. Likewise, the discussion on pp. Supreme Court might soon take up the issue. In the same vein, Chapter 11 discusses presidential elections with a focus on and ; its discussion of Congress likewise refers erroneously at this point to Harry Reid as the Senate Majority Leader and Eric Cantor as the House Majority Leader.
Overall, the narrative is so dated in this respect that students will likely question its authoritativeness in Or: an instructor, attracted to the text for its appeal in other respects, could essentially do the updating in class via lecture or other means. The prose is quite accessible to students and steers clear of technical jargon or impenetrable terminology. The authors here have managed to cover even the most complex topics in ways that make it understandable and interesting for the student. This text is quite impressive on this score. This text -- like most other introductory-level texts -- accommodates this exercise of instructor choice quite well.
Each chapter stands largely independent of the others; thus, instructors can assign them in different orders without undermining student learning. The text is organized in a clear and logical way. Indeed, its basic organization -- beginning with the history and structure of the U. Constitution and then proceeding in turn to 'inputs' into the political system, its connecting institutions and finally the major institutions of government -- follows the basic template found in most similar texts. The interface is basically fine. One shortcoming is related to the 'datedness' of the text that I referenced above.
Some of the links to websites and external videos are out-of-date. For instance, the discussion of Eric Cantor as House Majority Leader includes a link to the Majority Leader's website -- which at this point does not take the reader to anything about Cantor specifically. Generally speaking, the book is okay on this score. One area in which updating of terminology would strengthen the text is in its discussion of LGBTQ rights. Overall, this is a very good text that provides students with a thorough, unbiased and accessible survey of American government and politics.
At this point, though, it is dated in several respects; thus, if an instructor chooses to use the text in a course, that instructor will likely need to provide updating by way of lecture, additional readings, etc. This text has no clear index or table of contents. It does a chapter by chapter break down in the introduction however, there is no overall reference that aids in indicating topics and flow.
There is not a glossary either since there are no There is not a glossary either since there are no highlighted terms within the text. This text provides much factual historical and contemporary information surrounding American government. However, it does present the information from a slightly biased perspective.
The Republicans had their convention in Cleveland, Ohio from July and nominated Donald Trump as their candidate, while the Democrats held their convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia from July and nominated Hillary Clinton as their candidate. Other versions of the concept revolve around the alleged 'superiority' of the United States because of its history, size, wealth and global dominance plus the 'sophistication' of its constitution and power of its values such as individualism, innovation and entrepreneurship. Senate from North Carolina. There is no distortion of images and charts. 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. This results in what is known as federal 'shutdown' when most federal employees are sent home because they cannot be paid and many federal institutions therefore close down.
The reader receives the impression that the government has a negative impact on media. This information would be better presented explaining the impact of government on media in an unbiased way, informing students on the realities and allowing their own thought process on how to perceive this. This text would benefit from a small introduction to "nation-building" so that the reader understands that we are enculturated into our national cultural system and this is how we learn our values and norms.
The historical information is presented in a very palatable manner. However, the discussions of contemporary topics assume that all students have access to the same technologies computer, internet, phones, social media, etc. It also assumes that students are all from an upper middle class American background, which would make it harder to relate to for many students.
Some terminology used in the text would outdate quite quickly such as: "New Media". There is a lot of assumed knowledge in this text. What level student is this aimed at? An introductory student would be quickly lost in many of the sections, especially without key terms listed. Is there a different student version? Each section needs an introduction to the topic for students to understand the context for presenting that particular information in this book.
Highlighting key terms would be very helpful for students. Chapters 6. The text introduces different types of media but does not connect it to the material and main ideas being presented. Conclusions on most chapters are consistent and do a good job of tying in ideas. The text seems to jump around topics: communication to government descriptions to media without relating why it is presenting the different information. There are different cultural terms used throughout the text that are not consistent: ie.
Black or African American. The section headings seemed to be consistent as well as the end of chapter recaps.
The text is broken down into smaller sections well but needs clearer labeling. Introductions to the chapters that explain how that topic is relatable to the entire text would aid in its modularity. Having a table of contents would clarify the possible modulation of the text. A table of contents would be very helpful. The learning objectives at the beginnings of chapters are nice. There need to be clear introductions and topic tie ins for each chapter and section. The "enduring images" sections are great but they need to be clearly highlighted or separated. Chapter 2.