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A broad-ranging and lively introduction to all aspects of life inAmerica.This third edition takes account of the final years of the Bush presidency and of America under Obama and in the grip of a financial crisis.
Reviews of previous editions '[C]ogent and well balance...All the basics...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 Association 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
History Land and People Government The Political System Society Religion, Education and Social Policy Culture The Economy Foreign Policy Prospects for the Twenty-First Century
RUSSELL DUNCANis Professor of American History andco-director of the Contemporary America Project, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.JOSEPH GODDARD is co-director of the Contemporary America Project at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.