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Genovese, a noted scholar at Loyola University, has written countless books on the presidency; Han, who teaches at Chapman University, has published on various aspects of U.S. politics. Together, they have compiled this resource on American government that faces some tough competition but earns good marks for content. That said, its timing is unfortunate, since the set was released just after the historic election of President Obama and the meltdown of the U.S. financial system. As a result, current events have changed the context and feeling of many of the 400 entries, especially those dealing with voter turnout, the electoral vote, party affiliation, the presidency, presidential inaugurations, and globalization. The entries are clear, comprehensive, and forthright, with cross-references adding to their value. Accompanying charts and graphs go up only to 2004 and are therefore not much of an improvement over the Gale Encyclopedia of U.S. History: Government and Politics(2008), CQ Press's Congress A to Z(1999), or Salem's Encyclopedia of American Government(1998).
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The more than 400 essay-length, accessible entries in this overview cover local, state, and federal government; the history of U.S. government; civil rights and responsibilities; political participation; public policy; and international politics and government. Individual articles address such foundational topics as the Bill of Rights and separation of powers, but also include a number of contemporary issues such as gay and lesbian rights, early voting, NAFTA, and gun control. Of special interest is information on local government and the roles of elected and appointed officials. Each entry provides access points to further reading in both print and online sources, and the set has an extensive index. Although it contains a smaller number of lengthier entries and does not include biographical information, the Encyclopedia compares favorably to books in Congressional Quarterly's "A to Z" series.-Ann Brownson, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston