American government—on a federal, state and municipal level—is an important course to take for any student looking to pursue a career in legislation, political campaigns and consulting.

The study of American government is a continually evolving field, and the results of ongoing scholarship provide valuable classroom learnings to the millions of students who will become policy analysts, grant writers, lawyers and more.

Here, we look at how Top Hat’s always up-to-date American government textbook stacks up against the most recent versions available from legacy publishers.

American Government

1. American Government | Top Hat

Author: David Haus (Husson University)

In Top Hat’s textbook, American Government extends beyond the page with detailed policy processes and shows readers the function of the various levels of government. Auto-graded questions provide students with immediate feedback at the end of each chapter.

Average Price: Up to 40–60 percent more affordable
Edition: Constantly updated
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We The People

2. We The People | McGraw Hill

Author: Thomas Patterson (Harvard University)

The 13th edition of McGraw Hill’s We the People helps students think critically about contemporary examples and connect them to the material in a personalized way. Access to the online platform Connect sold separately.

Average Price: $97 (text only)
Edition: 13th edition
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Government By The People

3. Government By The People | Pearson

Authors: David B. Magleby (Brigham Young University), Paul C. Light (New York University) and Christine L. Nemacheck (The College of William & Mary)

The latest edition of this textbook offers coverage of 2018’s political highlights such as Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, while the text elaborates on the structure of U.S. government.

Average Price: $106 (via Revel)
Edition: 26th edition
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American Government: Stories of a Nation

4. American Government: Stories of a Nation | Sage

Author: Scott F. Abernathy (University of Minnesota)

With quizzes and flashcards to test students’ comprehension, Sage’s tome also features videos and web content to promote further learning. Access to SAGE course packs for instructors and SAGE edge sold separately.

Average Price: Up to 40–60 percent more affordable (text only)
Edition: 2nd edition
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Learn more and get a preview of Top Hat’s American government textbook here.