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Words in the News: A Student's Dictionary of American Government and Politics
     

Words in the News: A Student's Dictionary of American Government and Politics

by Barbara Silberdick Feinberg
 
Gerrymander, spin doctor, amendment, civil liberties, executive privilege, trickle-down theory, veto-these are words we hear and read often. But just what is a bill of attainder? Who is a Conservative? What does dollar diplomacy mean? With clear definitions, colorful details, and witty illustrations, Words in the News introduces 500 essential political terms and

Overview

Gerrymander, spin doctor, amendment, civil liberties, executive privilege, trickle-down theory, veto-these are words we hear and read often. But just what is a bill of attainder? Who is a Conservative? What does dollar diplomacy mean? With clear definitions, colorful details, and witty illustrations, Words in the News introduces 500 essential political terms and concepts. This creative and entertaining new dictionary will serve as a useful research and reference tool and will produce better informed citizens and voters. Illustrated with black & white drawings by John Huehnergarth. Sources.

Editorial Reviews

Julie Corsaro
Political scientist Feinberg draws heavily upon "Safire's Political Dictionary", as well as government documents, almanacs, reference books, and textbooks, in this up-to-date guide to 500 words and phrases that make up the often colorful language of American government and politics. In addition to the traditional "isms" (liberalism, communism, etc.), she gives such slippery terms as "electoral college", "veto", and "gerrymander" generous coverage. Word origins, examples, facts, and trivia are sprinkled throughout the entries, and ample cross-references are provided. Other than the relationship to the news, however, Feinberg doesn't articulate her selection policy. In addition, she sometimes sacrifices accuracy in her quest for simplification. For instance, to say that in order "to limit the damage individuals can do, [conservatives] wish to disperse power among many groups in society" is misleading, and that "[they] especially object to government economic regulation and planning" is appropriate for only their most rigid members. Still, this dictionary leavened with political cartoons should be useful and entertaining for students in government studies classes who find traditional research sources too demanding. Sources appended.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780531111642
Publisher:
Scholastic Library Publishing
Publication date:
12/01/1993
Series:
America Past and Present Ser.
Edition description:
37100 Scholastic Library
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.31(h) x 0.63(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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