The Politics Book

The Politics Book

Book - 2013
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From ancient and medieval philosophers such as Confucius and Thomas Aquinas, to revolutionary thought leaders such as Thomas Jefferson and Leon Trotsky, to the voices who have shaped modern politics today -- Mao Zedong, Malcolm X, Che Guevara, and more -- The Politics Book clearly and simply explains more than 100 groundbreaking ideas in the history of political thought.

With easy-to-follow graphics, succinct quotations, and accessible text, The Politics Book is an essential reference for students and anyone wondering how politics works.

Publisher: New York : DK Pub., 2013
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9781465402141
Branch Call Number: History 320 Pol
Additional Contributors: DK Publishing, Inc


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Mar 05, 2018

This book follows the now-familiar DK design format: Attractive, short, bite-size entries with visual appeal that matches the short-form text. Easy on the eyes, with brief, informative, and generally reliable information.

Two criticisms: First, who wrote this book? There is nothing at all in the cataloguing of the book (nor in the Kindle version of the book, which I purchased) that tells us the names, qualifications, or other publications of the writers. Second, a specific cavil that for this reviewer set off alarms. The as-noted anonymous author went out of his/her way to cite, and compliment, economist Arthur Laffer--who is credited with a now-discredited theory that government tax revenue is inversely related to tax rates. It's Laffer's theory that Dick Cheney 'bought' and then sold to Ronald Reagan, whose later "trickle-down" claims (still in use; the Republicans in the Trump era have repeated the error) were in large part based on this theory. To me, this citation, and a favorable and gratuitous entry for libertarian Ayn Rand, suggest a reactionary stance on the part of the author.

For a reliable critique of "the Laffer Curve," see....

blahblahblah345662 Mar 26, 2013

I have not read this book yet, but I know this will outsell the bible. Wow.


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