Freedom in America
- William Muir - University of California - Berkeley
American Government and Politics | American Political Thought
If looking for an alternative to a long survey text—or itching to get students grappling with The Federalist Papers or Democracy in America with more of a payoff—Muir's meditation on power and personal freedom is a gateway for students to take their study of politics to the next level. His inductive style, engaging students with well-chosen and masterfully written stories, lets him draw out and distill key lessons without being preachy. Read a chapter and decide if this page turner is for you.
I considered this book a very good choice for supplemental reading for my course this semester. It contains several chapters that are best for suggested reading rather than class reading. However, I might use this as a text book for a new class that I am designing about democracy in the world.