What if we told you that a textbook could be funny and irreverent utilizing popular books, movies, music, and television shows to introduce political science concepts? This novel approach to explaining our need for government and the intrigue of politics is a reality. Van Belle and Mash do not compromise on the Political Science content, nor do they stint on real-world political examples throughout the book. The basics and the depth are all here. The added innovation? to give you context through the popular culture you re already plugged into. Simply put, this is not a typical or boring textbook. From references to 1984 and Lord of the Flies to mentions of The Matrix and A Clockwork Orange you ll be surprised by how the core concepts of political science institutions, ideology, economics, elections, culture, national politics, and international relations are interwoven with a highly entertaining discussion of popular culture.
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I adopted this book for my intro to political science course after several trials of other introductory texts. The problem with "textbooks" in general is they tend to be rather dry, hard to follow and fail to capture the spirit of the material (a.k.a. boring). Introductory texts are even more of a challenge as they lump a large body of knowledge into a condensed version. Ultimately, as a professor, even I have a hard time digesting the material in most textbooks. The Van Belle and Mash text is the exception to the rule. The book is entertaining and easy to read. While the authors do stretch at times to make a joke (sometimes at the cost of actually learning something), they provide a refreshing and very accessible look at political science. It is a text students will actually read (one can hope) and enjoy.
I ordered this book for a winter session course at my university and received it the day before my exam. Once I opened the book it was very easy to get through. Much of the book bounces back and forth between references to pop culture and real events that shaped politics and political theory. During my time reading in preparation for the exam fast approaching I couldn't help but laugh at the witty and occasionally dry but equally hilarious comments and footnotes. If you like satire news sources like theonion.com, the Daily Show, or Colbert Report, you will surely find this book to be an easy way to get back into learning about politics with a few laughs along the way.
I read this book to prepare for a state assessment in political science. Unlike other PS101 textbooks, this one makes a ton of sense and is easy to read. The analogies, pictures, commentary and real-world example really provide a way for the various concepts and terminology to become understandable. I would recommend this book to any professor teaching a bunch of freshmen students with zero understanding in the realm of politics. It would also be good for high school teachers...
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