This supplementary text offers two readings per chapter organized in a debate-style format, representing opposing viewpoints. The straightforward, thought-provoking presentation facilitates class discussion. Debate topics include Public Opinion: The American People and War, Civil Liberties and War: Debating the USA Patriot Act, Debating the Deficit and the Size of Government, Economic Equality: A Threat to Democracy? and U.S. Foreign Policy After September 11: American Hegemony or International Cooperation?
Bruce Miroff is a professor of Political Science at SUNY--Albany. His specialty is presidential leadership, about which he completed a two-volume study. He is best known for his 1976 study of JFK, Pragmantic Illusions. Miroff regularly teaches introductory American Government and has won the teaching excellence award at SUNY-Albany.
Raymond Seidelman is a professor of Political Science at Sarah Lawrence College. He is the author of Disenchanted Realists: Political Science and the American Crisis (1985), a much-discussed history of the discipline. His areas of specialization include elections, voting and political theory.
Todd Swanstrom is a professor of Political Science at Saint Louis University. His areas of specialization are urban politics and public policy. He is the co-author of a leading text in urban politics, The Politics of American Cities, and sole author of the APSA award-winning The Crisis of Growth Politics.