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From the Publisher"Bond and Smith’s Analyzing American Democracy is the most novel and refreshing text I have seen in decades. Students and indeed all citizens need to recognize that, for better or worse, American politics is conducted by living, breathing, biased, biological organisms and Analyzing American Democracy is the only text to address the implications of these simple realities."
—John R. Hibbing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
"Nobody does a better job than Bond and Smith of integrating modern political science with a thoroughly up-to-date introduction to American government. Most of my students have already been exposed to an AP-style high school American government survey, and a text that is clearly more science than civics is exactly what they need at the college level. On top of that the writing has the wit, snap, and drive that keeps students reading and thinking in spite of themselves."
—John R. Alford, Rice University
"Analyzing American Democracy is by far one of the best American Government books on the market. Not only is it comprehensive in covering material across the vast spectrum of American politics, but it also has an interesting point of view: the idea that our expectations of government and its performance may not be entirely realistic. Bond and Smith have written a book that is accessible to undergraduate students, yet provides sufficient detail for professors to examine the nuances of American politics today."
—Richard W. Waterman, University of Kentucky
"Teaching a broad survey course that covers the breadth of American politics can be a daunting task for both instructors and students. Bond and Smith have organized what could be an overwhelming amount of information into a logical structure coupled with a straight-forward, journalistic writing style that incorporates cutting-edge political science research with key political concepts. The result is a textbook that is truly an introduction to political science, not just civics or popular politics."
—Amanda Friesen, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
"The Bond and Smith text demonstrates how political science research can inform our understanding of all aspects of American government, from basic democratic values to patterns in political participation to institutional design. It continues to be the most thought provoking and comprehensive American Government textbook on the market."
—Christopher W. Larimer, University of Northern Iowa
"Bond and Smith utilize contrasting theories, historical narrative, and current scientific research to illustrate the central tensions that characterize modern American government. This emphasis on compelling questions and great narratives makes the text genuinely fun to read."
—Douglas R. Oxley, University of Wyoming