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The Politics Book

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

A 2014 Parents' Choice Award Silver Honor Winner for Non-Fiction

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Editorial Reviews

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"[A]n accessible introduction to centuries of political thought." – The Boston Globe

"[The Big Ideas Simply Explained books] are beautifully illustrated with shadow-like cartoons that break down even the most difficult concepts so they are easier to grasp. These step-by-step diagrams are an incredibly clever learning device to include, especially for visual learners." – Examiner.com

"Verdict: This book serves as a helpful introduction to the thoughts and theories that have influenced leaders and policy throughout world history. The bright, bold colors and illustrations help make the subject approachable. A good resource for middle and high school students who are interested in political science and history." – Library Journal

"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." – Politico.com

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"[A]n accessible introduction to centuries of political thought." – The Boston Globe

"[The Big Ideas Simply Explained books] are beautifully illustrated with shadow-like cartoons that break down even the most difficult concepts so they are easier to grasp. These step-by-step diagrams are an incredibly clever learning device to include, especially for visual learners." – Examiner.com

Library Journal
How do people choose their leaders and government? What schools of thought have shaped our expectations of ruling regimes and defined the values of different cultures? This book attempts to provide a broad overview of theories and concepts from around the world and across the ages. More than 100 political philosophers, among them Confucius, Plato, Machiavelli, Mary Wollstonecraft, Karl Marx, Ito Hirobumi, Emiliano Zapata, Jomo Kenyatta, and Mao Zedong, are covered in seven chronological sections ranging from "Ancient Political Thought" to "Postwar Politics." Entries are arranged within the sections in chronological order. Sections start with an introduction to the historical period covered, including a time line of philosophers and historic events, providing background and context for the various theories examined. The book is heavily illustrated with flow charts, pictures of important individuals, events, propaganda posters, advertisements, and political cartoons that support the explanations of the different political theories. Each entry focuses on a single notable individual's beliefs and contains sidebars summarizing that individual's ideology, focus, and historical context. Entries range from one to four pages in length each, with longer pieces listing the key works of the theorist, encouraging further reading. The basic tenets of the different philosophies are presented using simple, clear terminology. A directory of biographies provides brief information on 37 additional figures, among them Naser al-Din Shah Qajar, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Fidel Castro. VERDICT This book serves as a helpful introduction to the thoughts and theories that have influenced leaders and policy throughout world history. The bright, bold colors and illustrations help make the subject approachable. A good resource for middle and high school students who are interested in political science and history.—Susanne Caro, Univ. of Montana Lib., Missoula
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781465402141
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/18/2013
  • Series: Big Ideas Simply Explained Series
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 134,756
  • Product dimensions: 8.04 (w) x 9.49 (h) x 1.17 (d)

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