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Wish I could take a course under these folks. Oct. 14 2009
By Dr. Fred - Published on Amazon.com
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This is definitely a book for fans of "24". It is a series of articles by serious academics examining one of the best shows on television. There is a brilliant analysis in nearly every article with referrals to scenes from the first six seasons. It is like watching the shows again and making you want to pull out your DVD sets (I have seven now) to reexamine each episode. It is clear that the writers have an understanding of what "24" is all about and were I still teaching, I too would use the show in my government classrooms. This book would also be encouraged for outside reading.
Thinking is Fun! June 3 2014
By kschimmelwriter - Published on Amazon.com
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Philosophers who are also serious fans of 24 use situations from the television series to explore philosophical ideas. There are plenty of ethical problems to be solved in any episode of 24, so the writers tackle torture, just war, self-sacrifice, the greater good,a nd many other issues that philosophers still struggle with.

I especially liked the chapter on Jack Bauer as the anti-Eichmann. Eichmann, of course, was the Nazi who thought his meticulous following of orders absolved him of guilt for his butchery. As the anti-Eichmann, Jack is just as likely to ignore orders as follow them, using his own judgementas to what is best for the country.

I have more interest in philosophy than ever before because of this fun and thoughtful book.
Really excellent read Jan. 10 2014
By Arthur Maglin - Published on Amazon.com
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This collection of essays is, in my view, way above average for the philosophy and popular culture genre. The essays are varied and thoughtful. For me, the analysis of the role that the cell phone plays in 24 and in our way of relating to the world around us was by itself worth the price of the book.
good, but gimmicky Aug. 22 2012
By Mr S. Christopher - Published on Amazon.com
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This has all the content one could need, but it is executed in such a lame way. It has the classic 'the following takes place between...' as titles sometimes- not a huge issue, but it's just the kind of thing that gives the serious study of media a bad name- it's gimmicky. But apart from that you can tell the writers had a laugh putting this together and it's been a huge help.
The whole family was drooling over it! Jan. 4 2011
By Michael H. - Published on Amazon.com
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I sent this as a gift to my Mom who is a die hard Jack fan for Christmas. As more of my family joined us for holiday visits, everyone was drawn to the coffee table where this book as proudly laid out. Everyone was drooling over this book and wanted to flip through it and wanted to know where I got it so they can go out and buy it too.