Understanding America The Anatomy of an Exceptional Nation

ISBN-10: 1586486950

ISBN-13: 9781586486952

Edition: 2008

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The idea of an exceptional America remains controversial. In this dazzlingly comprehensive collection of essays, some of the nation's best scholars and thinkers take on the weighty task of sizing up Goliath in a way Americans and others can comprehend. These twenty studies in American exceptionalism provide a solidly researched and in-depth analysis on the current state of our institutions, our values, and our challenges for the future.
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List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Publication date: 4/7/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 704
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 2.00" tall
Weight: 2.222
Language: English

James Q. Wilson most recently taught at Boston College and Pepperdine University. He was Professor Emeritus of Management and Public Administration at UCLA and was previously Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard University. He wrote more than a dozen books on the subjects of public policy, bureaucracy, and political philosophy. He was president of the American Political Science Association (APSA), and he is the only political scientist to win three of the four lifetime achievement awards presented by the APSA. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award, in 2003. Professor Wilson passed away in March of 2012 after battling cancer. His work helped shape the field of political science in the United States. His many years of service to his American Government book remain evident on every page and will continue for many editions to come.

Preface
American Institutions and Culture
The Political System
Bureaucracy
The Legal System
The Economic System
Federalism
Political Culture
The Media
Popular Culture
The Military
Religion
American Public Policies
The Family
Immigration
Black Americans
Education
Health Care
Criminal Justice
Inequality, Economic Mobility, and Social Policy
Philanthropy and the Non-Profit Sector
Drug Policy
A Larger Perspective
A Canvas, Not a Country: How Europe Sees America
Looking Back
Notes
Contributors
Index
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