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Contributors examine the growing significance of scandal in American politics and analyze issues ranging from campaign finance reform to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Chapters include: How Serious Is the Problem of Political Scandals in America? How Relevant Is Private Morality to Public Office? Case Study: Was President Bill Clinton's Impeachment Justified? What Reforms Can Prevent Political Corruption?
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"Long-standing series about controversial contemporary issues continue(s) to turn out exceptional titles. Greenhaven's Opposing Viewpoints presents multiple perspectives on hot topics such as abortion, the death penalty, and censorship through excerpts from primary materials ranging from speeches to cartoons."
-- Booklist (October 2001) (Booklist 20011015)
"The format and approach are identical to other titles in the series; both sides of a particular issue are explored in depth. Each essay is prefaced by questions that will help students focus their reading and each chapter concludes with suggestions for further reading and research. Students will find the articles helpful in examining these controversial and often emotional issues."
-- School Library Journal (August 2002) (School Library Journal 20020801)
"As usual for books in this series, there are plenty of follow-up sources for students to pursue."
-- Booklist (June 2002) (Booklist 20020615)
"The language is understandable but not simplistic, the pieces are clearly titles for easy identification, and a few cartoons and charts break up the dense text. This unbiased collection is a welcome resource for researchers and debaters."
-- School Library Journal (June 2002) (School Library Journal 20020601)
"Written by educators, scientists, journalists, doctors, veterinarians, members of the clergy and advocates. This excellent volume will elicit group discussion and help to develop critical thinking and analysis of sensitive issues."
-- School Library Journal (May 2002) (School Library Journal 20020501)
"This supplemental reader is perfect for getting students involved in discussion. The resulting debates are sure to reinforce any primary readings and will breathe life into any standard lecture oriented course. This supplement is a useful tool for instructors to get students involved."
-- Crime and Justive International (May 2002) (UNKNOWN 20020501)
"As always in the Opposing Viewpoints series, there are voices from many sides of the debate."
-- Booklist (April 2002) (Booklist 20020415)
"Most present clear, fact-supported points that readers will find valuable for speeches and reports. Editorial cartoons, anectdotes, and statistics break up the essays, make reading easier. This is a well-balanced approach to the issues, argued with studied analysis rather than bind emotion."
-- Booklist (April 2002) (Booklist 20020401)
"This series is invaluable for preparing students for debates, classes, or research assignments. Opposing Viewpoints books help prepare high school students for critical thinking and make them aware of issues that affect society today. Recommended."
-- The Book Report (March-April 2002) (Book Report 20020401)
"Most useful in schools with religion and/or philosophy courses, but should also appeal to general readers."
-- School Library Journal (April 2002) (School Library Journal 20020401)
Grade 9 Up-Despite the broad title, readers will definitely feel that they are reading a summary of Bill Clinton's presidential blunders since 1994 when Kenneth Starr was first appointed as a special prosecutor. There are some references to other scandals-Grover Cleveland, Richard Holbrooke, and Michael Espy are mentioned, and an article defends David Lloyd George, one of the most effective prime ministers in Britain's history. Still, the dominant subject remains Clinton. A 46-page case study is devoted to whether his impeachment was justified. In the familiar "Opposing Viewpoints" format, questions of political corruption, the power of money, and the sexual morality of elected officials are addressed. An important component of the volume is the last chapter, "What Reforms Can Prevent Political Corruption?," which looks at the hotly debated independent counsel law and how election campaigns are financed. A solid addition for the social-issues curriculum.
Joanne K. Cecere, Highland High School, NY
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Book Description Greenhaven Press, 2000. Hardcover. Condition: New. Brand New!. Seller Inventory # VIB0737705183
Book Description Greenhaven Press, 2000. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0737705183