- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Pearson; 12 edition (February 26, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0205075940
- ISBN-13: 978-0205075942
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #699,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Roskin stands out from other texts due to its focus on both content and methodological issues. A comprehensive and well-written introduction to the discipline of political science, Roskin gets students to not only consider what political scientists know but also how they know it.”–Anika Leithner, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo
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Michael G. Roskin is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Lycoming College.
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I like studying political science, but I never act as though whatever I believe is without flaws, much like the author of this book does. Then again, it's difficult to understand what the author's point was in writing the book, as most of it plays out as a disjointed and frustrating text by someone who is struggling with repressed ideological alignments.
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. Then it drowns on about different social theories in a very eloquent style that looks good until you realize it doesn't help for study and fails to convey anything meaningful that the author is thinking. 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. Even if you love the author's viewpoints (which are impossible to find in the text), you will discover that it is a painfully long and boring ride for an introductory book.
To hell with this atrocity of a book.
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. Ok I'm fine with that, sounds like collegiate thinking to me, however on the same page under the title
Regimes it states:" Totalitarianism is a disease of the twentieth century"
I decided to do a few spot checks and just randomly pick a page and read it, Boy oh Boy what a book!
page 113 states as a fact "Nice guys don't rule countries like Iraq".
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.
I'll give my opinion: If these are the political advisers our "leaders" follow, it should come as no surprise that the business of politics is so unpleasant. 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.
Eddie S. Jackson