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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Fun with Foreign Policy Feb. 8 2011
By shhhhs - Published on
Format: Paperback
Movies like "Zombieland and "Shaun of the Dead" have given us guidance on how to combat zombies in person. But until now no one has bothered to prepare us for the foreign policy debate that would ensue as a result of a zombie invasion. Thanks to Daniel Drezner, I now know which side of the foreign policy debate I'd be on when the zombies are on the march.

This book is a lot of fun! With an easy going and lighthearted approach, this book introduces readers to how the various foreign policy ideologies would deal with evil doers. It is a great read for any political junkie.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Fun and Good May 9 2011
By G.X. Larson - Published on
Format: Paperback
Drezner's quirky new book examines several theories of international politics and how they would apply to global zombie crisis. In this way this book is an easy and fun introduction to international politics, but readers looking for a more serious introduction and exposition of international politics should look elsewhere. This is not to say that Drezner's book is not a fine exposition for what it is, however; theories of realpolitik, liberalism, neo-conservatism, social constructivism, are all covered nicely given the framework upon which Drezner works (i.e. how would a neoconservative foreign policy respond to a global zombie outbreak). For example, realist theories would predict that nations would act in their own interests, respectively, while liberal theories would predict that nations would cooperate to some degree. Drezner also discusses how domestic and bureaucratic politics would respond to a dawn of the dead scenario.

The book's style is scholarly yet witty; here's the author discussing the "theory" that zombies are not biologically, but socially, inclined to feast on human brains: "Given the tendency of zombies to travel in packs and mobs, first-image theorists would hypothesize that this decision to eat humans is a classic case of groupthink, the tendency for individuals to prioritize group consensus over a thorough vetting of alternative ideas and proposals.... Based on their grouping behavior, it could be argued that the living dead care the most about reaching a consensus among themselves about their social purpose." Despite its entertaining subject matter, this book is not a "for dummies" textbook; for example, if you have never encountered a payoff matrix and are unfamiliar with basic game theory, you will quickly become frustrated (but what better way to learn than through a "-and Zombies" book?).
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
More academic than entertaining ... July 30 2011
By Ryan S - Published on
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Dealing with Theories of International Politics, I expected this book to be somewhat academic. I didn't mind. I like politics and I enjoy reading about political theory. I also expected the Zombie slant would make it more tongue-in-cheek and entertaining. The juxtaposition of those two elements is what attracted me to the book.

I thought it would be lots of fun, but I was wrong. The book was very dry and too inflated, for my tastes. It wasn't entertaining at all.

It did provide an interesting look at how the major political philosophies would respond to a Zombie infestation, and also how it would affect military, trade, bureaucracies, business and social groups -- but it was buried inside a text of university words that sucked all the fun right out of the book.

I was hoping for a smart book with an absurdly entertaining slant, but it was more text book political science than entertainment.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Simple and Great July 23 2011
By K. Kuersten - Published on
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This book is by no means an all-inclusive account of the ways in which international political theory can approach the coming zombie epidemic, but it's a damn good one. Drezner has fun with the topic while remaining grounded in the current most popular theories of International Relations. In addition to providing key insights into how they would view an undead onslaught and their possible policy prescriptions, this book is also quite an entertaining introduction to theoretical International Relations for those just diving into the field. I wouldn't be surprised if this book showed up as pre-reading for intro IR courses in universities all over the world. It's engaging, funny, and also provides an excellent overview of the current views and topics dominating contemporary IR. I know if I was just beginning in this subject getting to read this book at the beginning would make me that much more excited to dig further in. Hopefully more within the field catch onto this brilliant little piece and use it to increase IR's popularity and accessibility.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Different, fun context to explain IR theories May 5 2014
By JN - Published on
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Theories of International Politics and Zombies was assigned in my Intro to International Relations course. I will be honest--I bought the book in the beginning of the semester, read the first few pages, and put it away in disinterest. As the IR course has now ended, I've grasped a better understanding of theories and concepts of IR so I decided to give the book another shot.

This book is a very easy, good read. It really helped me to further understand the different theories of international relations. Personally I am not a fan of the zombie entertainment that has flooded the market, however, the use of zombies to further explain theories of IR was quite helpful. I appreciate that these theories were explained in a different context as opposed to just reading a textbook. I’m glad I waited until the end of the semester to read because I understand the theories better now than I would have at the beginning of the semester. I think this book was a good way to recap what was learned over the semester and ‘tied up any loose ends’ about theories of IR.