It seems a little dishonest to me for Norton not to reveal on the cover of this book that it is an abridged version. In fact, the only way to know that is to read the footnote in the Table of Contents, or the preface.
It happens that, in my view, the Leviathan can use the abridging, and it is very possibly that you think so too. But readers should be told that before they buy. So I am telling you.
I'm a bit disappointed with the secondary materials, too, but not quite disappointed enough to grouse about it too much. Still, it seems like the editors could have made up for all those lost pages in the main text to get more ambitious in the secondary materials.
I still give it four stars because I like the abridged version.
As stated above this is a tough read however you should read it none the less because it gives you an in depth look at a part of history we know little about and it's though someone else's eyes and mind!
Hobbes is an important author for a reason, and he makes interesting points in the Leviathon. While you do not want to take his advice to heart too much, he definitely makes one think about the human condition.
Great intro book for a political science major. And you can't beat the price. I saved money by getting this through Amazon, and it was nice and convenient just bringing my kindle to class instead of jamming multiple books into my backpack. Also its great to be able to read and write notes on the PC version of kindle.
While the notion that nation-states are still the key actors in international relations has faded in recent decades, a rereading of Hobbes' Leviathan reminds us that the international stage is still essentially a conflict of "everyman against everyman." Leviathan -the Realist "Bible" - is at its core still a viable description of internatinoal relations. The reader, however, must update Hobbes' basic argument by including non-state actors, such as transnational religious groups, drug gangs, etc.