American Politics, Then & Now: And Other Essays by James Q. Wilson

By James Q. Wilson

James Q. Wilson is one in all America's preeminent public coverage students. for many years, he has analyzed the altering political and cultural panorama with readability and honesty, bringing his knowledge to undergo on all features of yankee govt and society. it is a choice of fifteen of Wilson's so much insightful essays-drawing on thirty years of his observations on faith, crime, the media, terrorism and extremism, and the old fashioned suggestion of "character." Readers of each political persuasion will come clear of this quantity with a brand new knowing of the way American politics and tradition have developed during the last half-century.

These essays aren't "the grumpy phrases of a conservative who cannot be reconciled to the realities of latest American life," Wilson writes. really, they're immediately speak from a painstaking empiricist and consummate social scientist who believes in American exceptionalism. American Politics, Then & Now is a compelling portrait of a cherished country.

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