Features: "Why It Matters"marginal boxes encourage students to think critically about an aspect of government, politics, or policy and ask them to consider the impact-usually on themselves-if things worked differently. "Young People and Politics"boxes illustrate how politics specifically impact young adults, how their political behavior patterns are unique and important, and how their particular political desires are being met or ignored by public officials. "You Are the Policymaker"boxes throughout the text put students in the role of policymaker, asking them to analyze two sides of an issue and reach a policy decision. "How You Can Make a Difference"boxes provide students with information on how they can get involved with issues in order to influence how government works or help decide what policies are established. "America in Perspective"features examine how the United States compares to other countries in areas such as tax rates, voter turnout, and the delivery of public services. Giving students a better perspective on the size of our government and the nature of our democracy. "Issues of the Times," appendix features articles on the issues of the day pulled directly from theNew York Times. These attractive two-page spreads at the back of the book are accompanied by a short introduction and overlaying pedagogy that ask students to think critically about the news and how it affects them. In essence, students get afreeNew York TimesReader in every copyof their book! "Get Connected"chapter-ending boxesunderscore the "politics matters" theme by asking students to get involved, investigate current political issues on the web, and then answer critical thinking questions about what they've seen. The exercises demonstrate key points in each chapter and are designed to work well as homework assignments. Tools for Understanding Government in America"Primer"at the start of the text provides helpful guidance on how to get the most information from newspapers, study charts and graphs (especially in this book), and the Internet. MyPoliSciLabicons are included throughout the text's margins, and access to the web site comes at no additional charge when an access card is packaged with the book. MyPoliSciLab is a state of the art, interactive and instructive online solution for the American Government course such as CourseCompass, Blackboard, and Web CT or as a website alone. MyPoliSciLab offers students a wealth of interactive exercises and a battery of assessment tools-all integrated with the on-line e-book. For each chapter of the text, students will navigate through a pre-test, post-test, chapter review, and a full chapter exam, all linked to the on-line e-book, so they can assess, review, and improve their understanding of the concepts within the chapters. In addition to the electronic chapter content and assessment, students will have access to a wealth of simulations, interactive timelines, comparative exercises, debate and roundtable videos, weekly polls, an hourly feed from theNew York Times, Research Navigator, writing resources, and much more. New to this Edition: The new Portable Version format provides all the material from the comprehensive text in four brief, paperback volumes, allowing students to study almost anywhere. The convenient, slender volumes can be easEdwards, George C. is the author of 'Government in America 4v', published 2008 under ISBN 9780205621668 and ISBN 020562166X.