This concise yet comprehensive book provides a lively, future-oriented narrative introduction to American government and politics. "We the People" presents material with a currency and relevancy that captures the vivid world of real-life politics. In addition, the text challenges readers to think critically; by giving contextual understanding of major concepts and issues, it encourages them to think about the implications for society and themselves. "We the People" delves deeper into the basics than most brief books, and each of the 17 chapters (including 3 policy chapters) concludes with a "New York Times" reading selection and an extensive bibliography. The fifth edition is accompanied by an Online Learning Center that is unsurpassed in American Government courses, as well as free access to PowerWeb (see "Supplements" for details)!