Book cover of The Basics of American Politics Fifteenth edition by Gary Wasserman.

The Basics of American Politics

The Basics of American Politics covers all the terms and topics needed to understand the nuts-and-bolts of American government and politics. Wasserman uses a dynamic game metaphor to engage the reader in the basics of the American political system and the contact sport of politics. Beginning with a clear definition of politics, the book introduces four governmental and four nongovernmental “players” who must abide by the “rules of the game” established by the Constitution and civil liberties. It ends by examining rival theories of who wins and who loses in American politics.

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