from the Preface to GOVTGOVT’s daring format has been designed to engage even the most apathetic American government student with its glossy, magazine-style look and dynamic visual appeal. Streamlined, portable, and complete with study resources, this text does more than ever before to accommodate the way students actually use their textbooks. At the same time, our “debate-the-issues” approach effectively involves them in discussing and debating concepts of American government.
Chapter Review tear-out cards at the end of the book provide learning objectives with summaries of key concepts, visuals, and key terms for each chapter—making it easier for students to prepare for class and for exams. And because today’s students are technologically savvy, we provide portable study resources in multiple formats via this text’s companion Web site at 4ltrpress.cengage.com/govt. Resources there include flashcards, podcasts, chapter reviews, quizzes, and more that students can download using whichever way they prefer (cell phone, computer download, MP3 files, and so on) in order to study more efficiently. Access to the site is available at no additional cost when packaged with each student text.
Coverage of the 2008 Elections We have interspersed information on the 2008 presidential campaigns and elections throughout the text, because we recognize that students most easily relate to up-to-the-minute coverage. Our late-breaking reportage covers the presidential debates, the accuracy of public opinion polls, levels of support for the presidential candidates among various demographic groups, and much more. We also analyze the impact of the 2008 financial crisis on the elections and their outcomes. Chapter by Chapter Updates Chapter 1: The Contours of American Democracy
• p. 5 Updated Politics of National Security feature: Fighting the War in Iraq