This bestselling brief book uses diverse real-world examples to show readers the value of avoiding simplifications in politics, the relevance of government, and the importance of participation. Cornetto on Aug 06, First off, to be honest, I am not sure if the text is biased or not. I do recall a section where he states that the Republican Party is the party for rich white males and the Democrats are the "everyone else" category. He seems to insult both with fervor. As far as content and layout, the book is not great, and is downright confusing at times. The author mixes in gross generalizations and his own opinion into fact and tries to pass it off as such.
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This bestselling brief book uses diverse real-world examples to show readers the value of avoiding simplifications in politics, the relevance of government, and the importance of participation. Cornetto on Aug 06, First off, to be honest, I am not sure if the text is biased or not.
I do recall a section where he states that the Republican Party is the party for rich white males and the Democrats are the "everyone else" category. He seems to insult both with fervor. As far as content and layout, the book is not great, and is downright confusing at times.
The author mixes in gross generalizations and his own opinion into fact and tries to pass it off as such. He makes sarcastic comments such as posted by another reviewer about needing terrorist attacks and such to ignite interest in politics. I mean honestly, who really says things like that? And we should be learning from this guy? No thank you. The only "good" parts of this book are the tips on writing papers which are actually helpful.
Ironic that the best parts of the book are not actually about politics at all. Great for an intro to poli-sci By Liviah on Dec 16, Roskin explains the political system in very simple, brief, and direct terms.
Short chapters, easy concepts to understand and grasp, and an overall good examination into the political systems of the U. Each chapter is clear, thorough and well formatted with key reference terms identified and referenced. I thought this book might be boring but on the contrary, it has been very interesting with lots of history noted within the study of politics.
Unfortunately it was required as a "Global Business Leadership" course in my Masters program. I feel the level of this book is better suited for an AA level, or general education requirements for a BA degree.
More the fault of my university than the publisher. Root on Sep 08, I got this book for a college class. I am really angry that I paid for this and that I am going to a school that requires this piece of trash for a class. I read the introduction which explains that as a Political Scientist we must deal in fact without being angered by the facts.
It just gets better and better. I am sure there is stuff in this book like the descriptions of the political parties mentioned by the previous reviewer as well though I have not yet gotten to those parts. This book says not to get angry at the facts yet presents opinions as if they are facts.
My advise, Do not take a class that uses this as the text book, get your money back from the school and take a different course. It is required for my class. I wish the information was presented in a little better format. Good book By C. Acaster on May 28, It came two weeks early. I thank the sellers for this!!!
Great job! I had to have it for class. By Johnny on Oct 29, It was cheap and easy to understand. Would buy again. Happy with my purchase.
Too biased to be useful By Edward S. Jackson on Feb 17, I was really looking forward to this class in college. But after reading 6 chapters or so, the author is totally biased. So, what starts to happen, is the United States seems to be the best of the best; we are at the top of every "good" list; for example, the author suggests the highest levels of freedoms exist in the United Stateswhich is obviously wrong, as we are not the freest.
So beware. I recommend supplementing this with another book or lecture series. Eddie S. Jackson [ When the book starts it discusses the percolating up and down models, where either society is a reflection of the state or vice versa.
While our good author mentions this, he never really explains what position the book takes, so when I did an online quiz for the chapter it puzzled me considerably. One might argue that this was used to eliminate bias, but it undermines firm study points and makes the author look like a man for all seasons without saying anything worthwhile about his beliefs. At the end, the text comes off as a convoluted mesh of partisanship and pseudo science that made me waste time when completing assignments in a class that could have been more enjoyable.
I would have much preferred an unabashed socialist or whichever ideology the author is text that makes me think based upon that opinion, thus allowing for compelling arguments and workable exam study. Not recommended to students at all.
The book is written in a way that allows readers to easily read and comprehend the material. Good condition overall For anyone else By Chucknorrisroundhouse on Jun 15, For students: I honestly found it to be too simple for an introduction to political science course textbook. For anyone else: It reads like a novel, with short chapters and relatively easy to comprehend language. Can be useful if you want to just get an extremely basic overview of political science, or if you want an easy refresher.
Good quality. By Meli Sue on Jul 06, As expected. Helpful with college class. Roskin , Robert L. Cord , James A. This particular edition is in a Paperback format. It was published by Pearson and has a total of pages in the book. To buy this book at the lowest price, Click Here. Similar Books.
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