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Congress and the Shaping of the Middle East

by Kirk Beattie

How does one explain US Middle East policy? When Stephen Walt and John Mearsheimer wrote their bestselling book The Israel Lobby, they attributed our pro-Israel policy to the power of the lobby itself. Others...

A Feminist in the White House

Lies, Incorporated: The World of Post-Truth Politics

Political Suicide: Missteps, Peccadilloes, Bad Calls, Backroom Hijinx, Sordid Pasts, Rotten Breaks, and Just Plain Dumb Mistakes in the Annals of Amer

by Erin McHugh

A collection of entertaining and cautionary tales of political missteps in American history, from the birth of the nation through the present day. Just in time for the presidential election of 2016 comes Political...

The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America

by Andrés| Reséndez

A landmark history—the sweeping story of the enslavement of tens of thousands of Indians across America, from the time of the conquistadors to the early 20th century


Presidential Government

by Benjamin Ginsberg

Noted political scientist Benjamin Ginsberg has written an essential text for courses on the United States presidency. An invaluable resource, Ginsberg's comprehensive analysis emphasizes the historical, constitutional,...

Security Mom: An Unclassified Guide to Protecting Our Homeland and Your Home

by Juliette Kayyem

It’s time to put the “home” back into our homeland. Part prescription and part memoir, this exceptional view of America’s security concerns by a leading government Homeland Security advisor, Pulitzer...

The Heir Apparent Presidency

by Donald A. Zinman

It was during the Depression, with the Republican regime in disarray, that Franklin D. Roosevelt came into office with a mandate to change the role of government. His was one of the presidencies—like Jefferson’s,...

Second Treatise of Government

by John Locke

Sect. 1. It having been shewn in the foregoing discourse, (1). That Adam had not, either by natural right of fatherhood, or by positive donation from God, any such authority over his children, or dominion over...

Authoritarian El Salvador: Politics and the Origins of the Military Regimes, 1880-1944

by Erik Ching

In December 1931, El Salvador's civilian president, Arturo Araujo, was overthrown in a military coup. Such an event was hardly unique in Salvadoran history, but the 1931 coup proved to be a watershed. Araujo...

Diffusion of Good Government: Social Sector Reforms in Brazil

by Natasha Borges Sugiyama

One of the most fundamental questions for social scientists involves diffusion events; simply put, how do ideas spread and why do people embrace them? In Diffusion of Good Government: Social Sector Reforms in...

Religion and the American Constitutional Experiment

Unlikely Environmentalists: Congress and Clean Water, 1955-1972

by Paul Charles Milazzo

Environmental activism has most often been credited to grassroots protesters, but much early progress in environmental protection originated in the halls of Congress. As Paul Milazzo shows, a coterie of unlikely...

Congress: Protecting Individual Rights

by Louis Fisher

When asked which branch of government protects citizens’ rights, we tend to think of the Supreme Court—stepping in to defend gay rights, for example, in the recent same-sex marriage case. But as constitutional...

The White House Vice Presidency: The Path to Significance, Mondale to Biden

by Joel Goldstein

“I am nothing, but I may be everything,” John Adams, the first vice president, wrote of his office. And for most of American history, the “nothing” part of Adams’s formulation accurately captured the...

Alben Barkley: A Life in Politics

by James K. Libbey

Born to poor tenant farmers in a log cabin in Graves County, Kentucky, Alben Barkley (1877--1956) rose to achieve a national political stature equaled by few of his contemporaries. His memorable public career...

State Capitalism

When Women Win: EMILY's List and the Rise of Women in American Politics

by Ellen R. Malcolm & Craig Unger

The dramatic inside story of women's gains in elected office over the past quarter century, from the pioneering founder of 3-million-member EMILY's List—one of the most influential players in today's...

Predicting the Presidency: The Potential of Persuasive Leadership

by George C., III Edwards

Millions of Americans—including many experienced politicians—viewed Barack Obama through a prism of high expectations, based on a belief in the power of presidential persuasion. Yet many who were inspired...

The Struggle Continues: 50 Years of Tyranny in Zimbabwe

by David Coltart

David Coltart is one of the most prominent political and human rights figures in Zimbabwe. Born and schooled in Zimbabwe, he trained in law at the University of Cape Town, and has served as principal defence...