Understanding America: The Anatomy of an Exceptional Nation

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Peter H. Schuck, James Q. Wilson
PublicAffairs, Apr 7, 2009 - History - 704 pages
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The idea of an exceptional America remains controversial. 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. These twenty studies in American exceptionalism provide a solidly researched and in-depth analysis on the current state of our institutions, our values, and our challenges for the future.
 

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Contents

The Political System
3
Bureaucracy
27
The Legal System
61
The Economic System
87
Federalism
121
Political Culture
147
The Media
181
Popular Culture
219
Black Americans
375
Education
411
Health Care
449
Criminal Justice
475
Inequality Economic Mobility and Social Policy
495
Philanthropy and the NonProfit Sector
539
Drug Policy
563
How Europe Sees America
597

The Military
247
Religion
275
The Family
309
Immigration
341
Looking Back
627
Notes
645
Contributors
689
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Peter H. Schuck is the Simeon E. Baldwin Professor of Law at Yale Law School. He is the author of several books.

James Q. Wilson, a former president of the American Political Science Association, and a former professor at Harvard and UCLA. He was decorated with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian award.

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