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release date: May 22, 2018
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The Restless Wave: Good Times, Just Causes, Great Fights, and Other Appreciations
In this candid new political memoir from Senator John McCain, an American hero reflects on his life—and what matters most.

“I don’t know how much longer I’ll be here. Maybe I’ll have another five years. Maybe, with the advances in oncology, they’ll find new treatments for my cancer that will extend my life. Maybe I’ll be gone before you read this. My predicament is, well, rather unpredictable. But I’m prepared for either contingency, or at least I’m getting prepared. I have some things I’d like to take care of first, some work that needs finishing, and some people I need to see. And I want to talk to my fellow Americans a little more if I may.”

So writes John McCain in this inspiring, moving, frank, and deeply personal memoir. Written while confronting a mortal illness, McCain looks back with appreciation on his years in the Senate, his historic 2008 campaign for the presidency against Barack Obama, and his crusades on behalf of democracy and human rights in Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

Always the fighter, McCain attacks the “spurious nationalism” and political polarization afflicting American policy. He makes an impassioned case for democratic internationalism and bi-partisanship. He tells stories of his most satisfying moments of public service, including his work with another giant of the Senate, Edward M. Kennedy. Senator McCain recalls his disagreements with several presidents, and minces no words in his objections to some of President Trump’s statements and policies. At the same time, he offers a positive vision of America that looks beyond the Trump presidency.

The Restless Wave is John McCain at his best.
release date: Jul 01, 2018
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Barron's AP U.S. Government and Politics, 11th Edition: With Bonus Online Tests
This book has been completely rewritten to reflect the new AP U.S. Government and Politics curriculum and exam that will be implemented in the 2018-2019 school year. Advanced Placement students will appreciate the in-depth preparation they will get in this must-have manual that includes two full-length model AP U.S. Government and Politics exams with answer keys and explanations; extensive subject review of the branches of federal government, political parties, and more; updated content including required Supreme Court decisions, required foundational documents and the impact of the 2016 Presidential election.

BONUS ONLINE PRACTICE TEST: Students who purchase this book or package will also get FREE access to three additional full-length online AP U.S. Government and Politics test with all questions answered and explained.
release date: Apr 04, 2017
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The Logic of American Politics
This new edition of the bestselling The Logic of American Politics is thoroughly updated and covers the dramatic 2016 election results with a thorough analysis of those results. It arms students with a revised introduction to institutional design that makes concepts such as command, veto, agenda control, voting rules, and delegation easier for students to master and apply, so they clearly see how the American political system was devised and why it works the way it does. Authors Samuel Kernell, Gary C. Jacobson, Thad Kousser, and Lynn Vavreck build students′ critical thinking through a simple yet powerful idea: politics is about solving collective action problems.

This new edition continues to delve into partisan differences among voters and in government and highlight the increasingly partisan nature of campaigns. By exploring issues such as the Affordable Care Act’s troubled implementation, the increasing legalization of marijuana and same-sex marriage in the states, and the debate over immigration, the book illustrates how the institutional structures of government, federalism, and even campaigns can help voters make sense of their choices. The concluding chapter on policymaking examines the noticeable logic that guides American policy, as shown through issues like health care reform, global climate change, and the federal budget. Students glean insights into the sources of policy problems, identify possible solutions, and realize why agreement on those solutions is often so hard to achieve.
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release date: Jun 01, 2017
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Governing Texas (Third Edition)

The #1 selling book for Texas government courses, with a new focus on the future of Texas politics.

Governing Texas is comprehensive, clear, and current. The Third Edition, with new coauthor Jason Casellas, builds on these strengths and has a new theme: the future of Texas. How is Texas changing? How will politics and government change with it? Governing Texas helps students think critically about these essential questions.
release date: Dec 23, 2016
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We The People: An Introduction to American Government
NOTE: Access Code IS NOT INCLUDED. We the People by Thomas Patterson is a concise approach to American Government emphasizing critical thinking through relevant examples that appeal to today’s students. This extremely readable program provides opportunities to engage with the political process through tools that help students learn how to think about politics, utilizing digital resources that connect students with the material in a highly personalized way.
release date: Jul 09, 2018
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The Case Against Impeaching Trump
"Alan Dershowitz is a brilliant lawyer...He has written a new and very important book called The Case Against Impeaching Trump, which I would encourage all people...to read!"―President Donald Trump

The New York Times bestseller

“This brand new book by Professor Dershowitz is absolutely amazing….If you care about justice and the President with the witch hunt, you’re going to want to read this book.”―Sean Hannity

“Maybe the question isn’t what happened to Alan Dershowitz. Maybe it’s what happened to everyone else.”―Politico

Alan Dershowitz has been called “one of the most prominent and consistent defenders of civil liberties in America” by Politico and “the nation’s most peripatetic civil liberties lawyer and one of its most distinguished defenders of individual rights” by Newsweek. Yet he has come under partisan fire for applying those same principles to Donald Trump during the course of his many appearances in national media outlets as an expert resource on civil and constitutional law.

The Case Against Impeaching Trump seeks to reorient the debate over impeachment to the same standard that Dershowitz has continued to uphold for decades: the law of the United States of America, as established by the Constitution. In the author’s own words:

“In the fervor to impeach President Trump, his political enemies have ignored the text of the Constitution. As a civil libertarian who voted against Trump, I remind those who would impeach him not to run roughshod over a document that has protected us all for two and a quarter centuries. In this case against impeachment, I make arguments similar to those I made against the impeachment of President Bill Clinton (and that I would be making had Hillary Clinton been elected and Republicans were seeking to impeach her). Impeachment and removal of a president are not entirely political decisions by Congress. Every member takes an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution sets out specific substantive criteria that MUST be met.

I am thrilled to contribute to this important debate and especially that my book will be so quickly available to readers so they can make up their own minds.”
release date: Apr 26, 2017
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We the People (Essentials Eleventh Edition)

Politics is relevant and participation matters.

We the People, Eleventh Edition, sets a new standard for showing how government affects students lives and why it matters who participates. The Who Are Americans? theme has been expanded to highlight how Americans from different backgrounds experience politics, and new Who Participates? infographics get students thinking critically about who shapes American politics. The textbook, InQuizitive course, and free coursepack are organized around chapter learning goals to ensure students learn the nuts and bolts of American government.
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release date: Dec 27, 2016
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We the People (Eleventh Essentials Edition)

Politics is relevant and participation matters.

We the People, Eleventh Edition, sets a new standard for showing how government affects students lives and why it matters who participates. The Who Are Americans? theme has been expanded to highlight how Americans from different backgrounds experience politics, and new Who Participates? infographics get students thinking critically about who shapes American politics. The textbook, InQuizitive course, and free coursepack are organized around chapter learning goals to ensure students learn the nuts and bolts of American government.
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release date: Dec 27, 2016
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Keeping the Republic: Power and Citizenship in American Politics, THE ESSENTIALS
This refreshed and dynamic Eighth Edition of Keeping the Republic revitalizes the twin themes of power and citizenship by adding to the imperative for students to navigate competing political narratives about who should get what, and how they should get it. The exploding possibilities of the digital age make this task all the more urgent and complex. Christine Barbour and Gerald Wright, the authors of this bestseller, continue to meet students where they are in order to give them a sophisticated understanding of American politics and teach them the skills to think critically about it.  The entire book has been refocused to look not just at power and citizenship but at the role that control of information and its savvy consumption play in keeping the republic. Keeping the Republic, The Essentials is identical to the full version of the text, minus the three policy chapters.
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release date: Feb 28, 2017
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On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century
#1 New York Times Bestseller

The Founding Fathers tried to protect us from the threat they knew, the tyranny that overcame ancient democracy. Today, our political order faces new threats, not unlike the totalitarianism of the twentieth century. We are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism.  Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience.
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