A. Primary Reading
Shelley, Fred M., et al. Political Geography of the United States. New York: Guilford Press, 1996.
William Lasser, ed. Perspectives on American Politics. 4th Ed. New York: Houghton Mifflin Co., 2004 [Selections: pp. 4-12, 14-18, 48-61, 65-72, 99-105, 112-120, 153-168, 208-214, 294-296, 353-356, 369-374, 388-396]
The World Almanac & Book of Facts 2008. New York: World Almanac Books, 2007.
B. Secondary Reading
Cummings, Milton C. and David Wise. Democracy under Pressure: An Introduction to the American Political System. Alternate 10th Ed. USA/Canada: Wadsworth/Thomson, 2005. (C&W)
Gosling, James J. Politics and the American Economy. New York: Longman, 2000.
Smith, Henry Nash, Virgin Land: The American West As Symbol and Myth. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard Univ. Press, 1978.
The following publications by the U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C. (Handouts):
Outline of American Geography, 1992. (USGeo)
Outline of U.S. Economy, 2000. (USEcon)
Outline of US Government, 2000.
Outline of the US Legal System, 2004.