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by Peter H. Schuck,James Q. Wilson

  • ISBN: 158648561X
  • Category: Politics
  • Author: Peter H. Schuck,James Q. Wilson
  • Subcategory: Politics & Government
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs; 1 edition (April 8, 2008)
  • Pages: 704 pages
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  • Rating: 4.7
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The idea of an exceptional America remains controversial. In this dazzlingly comprehensive collection of essays. Reading through the book, I get the distinct feeling that someone had actually taken the pains of reading through the entire manuscript and ensuring that facts and stats repeated in different sections of the text were consistent with each other.

Peter H. Schuck is the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He is the author of many books, including Targeting in Social Problems. James . ilson, a former president of the American Political Science Association, was for twenty-six years the Shattuck Professor of Government at Harvard and then for twelve years the Collins Professor of Management and Public Policy at UCLA. The book give in depth details about the American government and while at times it put me to sleep, it was overall interesting and informative

The idea of an exceptional America can be traced all the way back to Alexis de Tocqueville's nineteenth-century observations of a newly formed democracy that seemed determined to distinguish . Peter H. Schuck, James Q. Wilson.

The idea of an exceptional America can be traced all the way back to Alexis de Tocqueville's nineteenth-century observations of a newly formed democracy that seemed determined to distinguish itself from the rest. Little, it seems, has changed. Building on de Tocqueville's concept of American exceptionalism, this collection of essays, contributed by some of the nation's top scholars and thinkers, takes on the weighty task of sizing up America in a way its people and others can comprehend. In this dazzlingly comprehensive collection of essays, some of the nation's best scholars and thinkers take on the weighty task of sizing up Goliath in a way Americans and others can comprehend. صنف کے بارے میں. He is the author of several books.

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Simeon E Baldwin Professor of Law and Deputy Dean Peter H Schuck; Professor of Public Policy James Q Wilson. Walmart 9781586486952. Book Format: Choose an option. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12.

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Yale University - Law School. This contribution to a festscrifft honoring the late political scientist James Q. Wilson explores the claim of American exceptionalism, of which Wilson was a noted exponent.

James Quinn Wilson (May 27, 1931 – March 2, 2012) was an American academic, political scientist, and an authority on. .Understanding America: The Anatomy of an Exceptional Nation (2008, ed.

James Quinn Wilson (May 27, 1931 – March 2, 2012) was an American academic, political scientist, and an authority on public administration. Most of his career was spent as a professor at UCLA and Harvard University. He was the chairman of the Council of Academic Advisors of the American Enterprise Institute, member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (1985–1990), and the President's Council on Bioethics.

What is America? Is it a hegemonic superpower, composed of ruthlessly selfish capitalists? Or is it a land of hope and glory, a shelter for the huddled masses, and a beacon of freedom and enlightenment? The definition of this complex nation has been debated substantially, yet all seem to agree on one thing: it is unique. The idea of an exceptional America can be traced all the way back to Alexis de Tocqueville's nineteenth-century observations of a newly formed democracy that seemed determined to distinguish itself from the rest. Little, it seems, has changed.

Building on de Tocqueville's concept of American exceptionalism, this collection of essays, contributed by some of the nation's top scholars and thinkers, takes on the weighty task of sizing up America in a way its people and others can comprehend. Far more than simple history, they outline the current state of American institutions and policies—from the legal system to marriage to the military to the Drug War—and anticipate where these are headed in the future.


Reviews about Understanding America: The Anatomy of an Exceptional Nation (7):
Amhirishes
I recently finished reading "Understanding America: The Anatomy of an Exceptional Nation" and I liked it immensely. Let me mention the few aspects of the book that I enjoyed:

1) It is very comprehensive covering a wide plethora of issues which any serious student of America would be interested in. In total there are 21 different chapters, with each of the first 20 chapters dealing with different facets of life such as immigration, demographics, religion, the economy, etc. For someone wanting to read a single book to get a better and deeper understanding of America as a country, this is it.

2) I am glad that Dr. Wilson and Dr. Wilson, the editors of the book, stayed away from the urge of trying to author such a work on their own. By not doing so and having eminent scholars contribute their perspectives, we, as readers, have been able to glean insights from the leading experts in their fields and get glimpses of research across a variety of academic disciplines which no individual person could have possibly reviewed on his/ her own.

3) In part because of this (though not exclusively), the essays are generally extremely balanced and present both sides of the same issue.

4) Last but not the least, I am glad to note that neither Dr. Wilson nor Dr. Schuck abdicated their editorial responsibilities. Reading through the book, I get the distinct feeling that someone had actually taken the pains of reading through the entire manuscript and ensuring that facts and stats repeated in different sections of the text were consistent with each other. For example, the stats on the American fertility rate which shows up in more than one chapter has been sourced from the same source and is hence consistent across chapters, even though they were written by different authors.

Some thoughts regarding the drawbacks, minor as they are:
1) While it was nice to have a chapter on How Europe sees America, it would have been also nice to see a chapter on how the rest of the world sees the United States. Several of America's newest immigrants (including myself) are coming not from Europe but from Asia and Latin America and it would have been nice to see some discussion on how these developing countries see the United States.

2) I would have also liked to see a separate chapter on Foreign Policy. As the authors allude to, America is the 800-pound gorilla in the room and not having any significant discussion on issues of foreign policy, national security, and, geopolitics is a minor drawback.

In spite of all of the suggestions above, I nevertheless think Understanding America has been an extremely insightful read and worth the two days of my time over this weekend.
Nightscar
The book give in depth details about the American government and while at times it put me to sleep, it was overall interesting and informative. This book was published a few years ago, but many of the things discussed in the book are happening right now in America's government. Everyone should read this book because it shows how unique the United States of America really is. It provides valuable insight as to why American politics are so frustrating, and actually gives reason to respect the way American politics work. This book should interest anyone who is interested in political science or anyone who is interested in America in general.
Gardataur
This text was a required supplement for my sociology seminar. It compiled short essays about the varying features of American society and politics. These essays are very useful summaries of America. Although each section provides many statistics to prove whether America is exceptional in that field or not, it is not very in depth. Each topic can be researched more thoroughly and opposite opinions can be formed from what each author believes. Overall, it is very informative and the author of each essay is one of the top experts in his/her field.
huckman
GREAT
Whitesmasher
I enjoyed reading this textbook, its pretty good and not difficult to understand. I had to have it for a class was taking, and it did teach me a lot. Lots of examples and descriptions to keep it interesting. Would reccommend.
Gerceytone
Super book... a collaborative undertaking by a brilliant panel... not to offer policy... but to assign a condition to America in different areas... and then compare these areas to the European nations and other democracies. Basically all domestic areas are covered, but not foreign affairs.
This is a refreshing look at our country. It will rekindle the hope we all share for this countries future. Hopefully it will also help reshape America's image in the world. There are only two countries where the image of America has increased: India and Russia.
The results of this huge study show that America is indeed quite unique amongst its democratic brethren. 75% of us have pride in our country, vs. 33% of the French, German, Italian or Japanese. 66% of us believe that success is of our own effort, vs. only 1/3 of Europeans. Over 50% of us believe that economic competition is good, vs. 1/3 of the French and Spaniards. 60% of us believe that children should be taught the value of hard work, while only 20% of Germans feel that way. There are many fascinating comparisons to ponder in this large book.
There are seven themes that are offered that show the areas where America is exceptional.
First is our culture of patriotism, religiosity, individualism and enterprise.
Second is our constitutionalism, with our emphasis on decentralization, individual rights over social rights, and suspicion of government.
Third is our economy which is very competitive, decentralized, and one that offers a higher standard of living.
Fourth is our diversity through immigration since our nation's inception. An interesting fact is that in New York City during 1790, there were more languages spoken than there are today. As far as immigration itself goes, Canada accepts more immigrants per capita than any other democracy.
Fifth is our civil society with its huge non-profit sector which provides a lot of our social policy. There is also philanthropy.
Sixth is our welfare state. We aren't as bad as 'they' say we are, but this still applies.
Finally there is our demography. U.S. rate of fertility is definitely unique amongst Western Democracies.
All of the panel that provided chapters for this book have their own unique ideas too, and no effort seems to have been made to homoginize their opinions or analysis.
Find out who America is - and how it compares - by reading this well-thought-out and enjoyable book.
Five Stars.

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