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This is a comprehensive pre-degree maths text for vocational courses and foundation modules at degree level. John Bird's approach, based on numerous worked examples supported by problems, is ideal for students of a wide range of abilities, and can be worked through at the student's own pace. Theory is kept to a minimum, placing a firm emphasis on problem-solving skills, an ...more
Hardcover, 551 pages
Published October 1st 1990 by CQ-Roll Call Group Books
(first published January 1st 1984)
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This book was one of the textbooks in a course I took at Harvard on American Presidency. Chapters are written by the people who are the foremost scholars on the topic. Like books of similar nature, the quality may vary from chapter to chapter since it is written by different people. Overall, however, I greatly enjoyed reading this book as it presents prominent schools of thoughts on the office of presidency and how it has evolved over time. Great great read for people interested in the topic.
Apr 28, 2010 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it · review of another edition
This is a collection of twenty original essays on the United States presidency by leading presidential scholars published in 1995. It was a required text for a political science course I took in college on the American Presidency. It's divided into six parts: Approaches to the Presidency; Elements of Presidential Power, Presidential Selection, Presidents and Politics; Presidents and Government; and Presidents and Policy Making. Lots of lines and passages I highlighted. Here's one from Nelson's a ...more
THis showed me how the relationship of the three branches in a way I did not understand before, it also was not too long. I especially liked how he highlighted how each branch had different purposes. For example, the legislative is plural and preserves first the popular will and then popular rights and self preservation. The executive is unified and first preserves self preservation then popular rights and then popular will. The judicial only focuses on the preservation of popular rights, and is ...more
Jun 07, 2015 Fred rated it did not like it · review of another edition
This is a graduate level textbook that I had to read for school. It was not one of the better one's that I have read in this program and it was even the worst of the two that were assigned for this particular class. I would not recommend this as light reading or fun reading for anyone, ever, for any reason. If you were not assigned to read this book then count your blessings and move on to greener pastures. You're welcome.