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The second edition of this widely-adopted text takes as its starting point the dramatic changes resulting from Bush administration actions in the wake of 9/11. The wars in Iraq and on Terror have seen an orientation to building a national security state, a far more unilateralist approach abroad, a reduction of civil liberties at home, and an increasingly divided politics and society. Including full coverage of the presidential election and its consequences, the second edition has been fully revised and updated throughout.


Description

The second edition of this widely-adopted text takes as its starting point the dramatic changes resulting from Bush administration actions in the wake of 9/11. The wars in Iraq and on Terror have seen an orientation to building a national security state, a far more unilateralist approach abroad, a reduction of civil liberties at home, and an increasingly divided politics and society. Including full coverage of the presidential election and its consequences, the second edition has been fully revised and updated throughout.


Reviews

Reviews of 1st edition

'...[C]ogent and well balanced...All the basics anyone seeking an overview of the nation's major contours are here - and then some...[A]nyone reading the volume - whether new student or experienced scholar - will come away from it better informed...' - Dale Carter, The Newsletter of the Nordic Assocation for American Studies

'Russell Duncan and Joseph Goddard write well and cover a great deal of ground in a text with high production values and a clear design...Contemporary America has the feel of Lonely Planet meets the Economist Intelligence Unit. It tells you all manner of things you ought to know, interspersed with an eclectic series of digressions that act as outings to the main journey. Photographs...supplement the lively pace of a cultural tour guide whose enthusiasm for broad themes and intriguing minutiae remains gloriously undiminished over 300 pages.' - Michael Foley, Times Higher Education Supplement


Contents

History
Land and People
Government
The Political System
Society
Religion, Education and Social Policy
Culture
The Economy
Foreign Policy
Conclusion
Appendix: The US Constitution


Authors

RUSSELL DUNCAN is Professor of American History and Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

JOSEPH GODDARD teaches American Politics, Society and History at the English Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.