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Our Government: Local, State, and National: Idaho Edition, written by J.A. James, is an informative and comprehensive guide to understanding the working of government at various levels. Focused specifically on the state of Idaho, the book offers valuable insights into the complex web of political systems and institutions that shape our lives.

One of the strengths of this book is its clear and straightforward approach to explaining the intricacies of government. James breaks down the topic into easily digestible chapters, allowing readers to gain a thorough understanding of key concepts without feeling overwhelmed. Whether discussing local governance, state legislatures, or our national political structure, the author presents information in an organized and logical manner.

The book provides considerable depth by exploring the nuances of Idaho's governmental processes. James delves into the state's unique history, political culture, and governing bodies, offering readers a comprehensive view of Idaho's role in the bigger picture of American governance. By focusing on a specific state, the author provides insights that would be particularly beneficial to readers interested in Idaho's political landscape.

One notable aspect of Our Government: Local, State, and National: Idaho Edition is its inclusion of case studies and examples. These real-life scenarios help readers comprehend how theoretical concepts translate into practical applications. Such illustrations enhance the learning experience and give readers a better understanding of the challenges faced by local, state, and national governments.

The author's writing style is concise, accessible, and devoid of unnecessary jargon. It ensures that readers from various backgrounds can grasp the content easily. James' enthusiasm for the subject matter is evident throughout the book, making it engaging and enjoyable to read.

However, one potential limitation is the book's narrow focus on Idaho. While this targeted approach may be beneficial for readers in the state, individuals seeking a broader understanding of government and politics in the United States might find it lacking in scope. It would be helpful if the book explored comparative perspectives, highlighting similarities and differences between Idaho and other states.

Overall, Our Government: Local, State, and National: Idaho Edition provides a valuable resource for anyone interested in understanding how government functions at various levels. With its concise explanations, compelling case studies, and focus on Idaho, it is an informative and accessible guide that encourages readers to become active participants in the democratic process. Whether you're a student, a political enthusiast, or a curious citizen, this book offers an excellent starting point for navigating the complexities of government in Idaho.

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BY J.A. James, Ph.D. Professor of History in Northwestern University


A.H. Sanford, M.A. Professor of History, State Normal School, La Crosse, Wisconsin

1903, 1913 Charles Scribner's Sons


The subject matter herewith presented partially represents the plan pursued by the authors as teachers of civil government for a number of years in high school, academy, and normal school. It has been found that a study of the methods by which the affairs of government are conducted gives constant interest to the work, and, consequently, the practical side of government has been emphasized. But while our desire has been to bring the actual working of the institutions under which the student lives into prominence, we have also attempted to give such accounts of the origin and early development of forms of government as will assist in explaining their process of growth. The plan of discussion is similar to that followed in "Government in State and Nation." The general favor with which that text has been received leads to the belief that it fully meets the requirement of the Committee of Five for such schools as present civil government in the third or fourth year of the course. In many cases, however, the subject is taught earlier in the course, and the present work has been prepared in answer to the requests of teachers for a text suitable to this class of students... Continue reading book >>

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