I feel I have to leap to the defence of this book in the face of the negative reviews it has received. I studied sociology at university and this book was very useful for helping me get a grip on Foucault's key ideas. The illustrations are certainly lively, but I wouldn't say they distracted from anyting - rather, they add humour to the book, which is no bad thing, and would likely have pleased old MF himself.
Ideas like the 'archaology of knowledge' and the 'episteme' are, I think, nicely handled - a picture of MF digging through layers of knowledge, the detritus of past discourses... why not?
One is never going to be an expert on Foucault based on reading one illustrated book, and neither are his ideas going to be 100% crystal clear; professional sociologists find his work and ideas challenging, but this book makes a useful contribution. 'Introducing Foucault' should be read along with other secondary works by authors such as Gutting and Merquior and others - and of course Foucault's own.
My copy was borrowed by a former student of mine and I haven't seen it since - can I have it back please?!Critical Social Theory and the End of Work (Rethinking Classical Sociology)