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From the Publisher‘Jon Roper's elegant book about aspects of American politicalculture should prove accessible to students encountering Americanpolitics for the first time at university whilst also challengingmore advanced students. Well-grounded in an understanding ofAmerican film and literature, this intelligent text provides anenjoyable and thoughtful account of the social contexts of Americangovernment and politics' Nigel Bowles, St Anne's College,Oxford
‘Jon Roper's treatment of American politics stands asrefreshingly different from the standard textbook on this subject.Roper has creatively integrated the essentials of the US politicalsystem with the persistent influence of the American historicalexperience and the often-overlooked impact of American culturaltensions.
From his clever Huckleberry Finn metaphors to his invocation ofimages from classic American films, Roper has produced a readableand thoughtful text, one which reflects an awareness of the readeras well as a solid scholarly foundation. He is at his finest whenreminding readers that current debates in domestic and foreignpolicy take place not in a vacuum, but in a vibrant historical andcultural context' Harold Molineu, Department of PoliticalScience, Ohio University
"Roper has produced a lively and entertaining book which notonly covers all the essential factual detail needed for a studenttext but also provides fresh insight for the specialist as well".Michael Boyle. International Relations Theory.
"There is much to admire in Roper's interpretation...Roperwrites well; the book never fails to sustain reader interest"Richard M. Merelman, Political Science Quarterly