George Washington, the first U.S. president (Image credit: Cliff)

Since the American Revolution in 1776, the United States of America has enjoyed liberty and justice for all, just as the Pledge of Allegiance states. American government has had its ups and downs and has experienced some change over the centuries. But so much remains the same from what rules and regulations our founding fathers put in place to make the U.S. the best country in the world.

In order to fully understand how we arrived at our current state of government from the federal level to the state and local levels, college students must have textbooks that clearly explain how the past shaped the present and will continue to shape the future of politics in our nation. There are numerous textbooks out there that provide comprehensive information and offer the best insight. According to TopTenTopTen.com, the following textbooks are the top 10 American government textbooks currently in use at schools around the country:

1) American Government: Roots and Reform, 2009 Edition by Karen O’Connor and Larry J. Sabato (2009 – Longman Publishing)

2) Cengage Advantage Books: American Government and Politics Today, Brief Edition, 2010-2011 by Steffen W. Schmidt, Mack C. Shelley, and Barbara A. Bardes (2010 – Wadsworth Publishing)

3) American Government and Politics Today, 2009-2010 by Barbara A. Bardes, Mack C. Shelley, and Steffen W. Schmidt (2008 – Wadsworth Publishing)

4) Essentials of American Government: Continuity and Change, 2009 Edition by Karen O’Connor and Larry J. Sabato (2009 – Longman Publishing)

5) American Government: Brief Edition by James Q. Wilson (2008 – Wadsworth Publishing)

6) American Government: Power and Purpose (Full Tenth Edition (with policy chapters) – 2008 Election Update) by Theodore J. Lowi, Benjamin Ginsberg, and Kenneth A. Shepsle (2008 – W.W. Norton & Company)

7) American Government and Politics Today: Essentials 2011 – 2012 Edition by Barbara A. Bardes, Mack C. Shelley, and Steffen W. Schmidt (2011 – Wadsworth Publishing)

8) Essentials of American Government: Roots and Reform, 2011 Edition (10th Edition) by Karen J. O’Connor, Larry J. Sabato, and Alixandra B. Yanus (2011 – Longman Publishing)

9) The Challenge of Democracy: American Government in Global Politics by Kenneth Janda, Jeffrey M. Berry, Jerry Goldman, and Kevin W. Hula (2011 – Wadsworth Publishing)

10) The Challenge of Democracy: American Government in a Global World, Student Choice Edition by Kenneth Janda, Jeffrey M. Berry, Jerry Goldman, and Kevin W. Hula (2008 – Wadsworth Publishing)

If you are a student enrolled in an American government class and are in need of one of these books, use Textbooks.org to find websites that sell them and to compare prices on them.