"An eloquent and insightful portrayal of the United States today." - Tum Buk-Sxienty, Historian and Jounalist Contemporary American Society provides Europeans with a nuanced guide to the United States, including the nation´s geography, political system, foreign policy, economy, class structure, racial divisions, media, religion, welfare services, and educational system. It is an essential reflection on the fractured American character at the end of a century of global hegemony. The 2017 edition also includes up-to-date statistics, contrasts Clinton and Trump voters, and discusses the crucial role of the swing state of Ohio in presidential elections, generational differences in media use, and the geography of innovation. This work is suitable for students in the last year of gymnasium or first year of university, and is recommended for Europeans planning a long visit to the United States.