To understand the world events today, you need to understand American politics. Exploring the principles enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, Jon Roper provides a sharp analysis of how history has shaped the way America governs itself. Examining the recent emergence of the right-wing Tea Party movement, President Obama's administration, American foreign policy, and the role of powerful lobbies, this is the perfect primer for anyone interested in the world's most powerful (and controversial) country.
Jon Roper is Professor of American Studies at the University of Swansea and has taught at the University of Tennessee, the University of Wisconsin, and Ohio State University. He is the author of The Complete Illustrated Guide to the Presidents of America: An Authoritative History of the American Presidency.
"Jon Roper has written an excellent introductory text that charts the main developments of American political development. Drawing upon his deep knowledge of American politics and history, and written with typical fluency, Roper has produced an eloquent supplement to general texts on American politics."
– Chris Bailey - Professor of American Politics, Keele University
"Jon Roper has written as good an introduction to American politics as one could wish to find… a most attractive and lively book."
– Nigel Bowles - Honor Balfour Fellow in Politics and Tutor in Politics, St Anne's College, University
"Lively and accessible"
– Niall Palmer - Lecturer in Americna Politics, Brunel University, and Associate Fellow of the Institu