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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb.
In August 2009, Professor Drezner, who blogs for Foreign Policy magazine, wrote a short piece about how international relations theories might apply in the wake of a zombie apocalypse. Not only did Drezner do it very well, and in a manner that should make anyone familiar with IR theory chuckle, but it also opened up the possibility that those who automatically shudder at...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and politically limited point of view.
This wasn't even funny. It's ill-thought political opinions scream out vanity press - it shows it's origins as a student dissertation that thinks too highly of itself. A mercifully short read.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb., 6 Mar. 2011
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Stefan "Civilian-Reader" (Canada) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Theories of International Politics and Zombies (Paperback)
In August 2009, Professor Drezner, who blogs for Foreign Policy magazine, wrote a short piece about how international relations theories might apply in the wake of a zombie apocalypse. Not only did Drezner do it very well, and in a manner that should make anyone familiar with IR theory chuckle, but it also opened up the possibility that those who automatically shudder at the word `theory' could actually understand and enjoy what Drezner was writing about, and gain an understanding of IR theory in the process. It was the perfect vehicle to bring a greater understanding of the theories that inform international interactions to a wider audience: it was fun, intelligent and quirky, and therefore likely to stick in one's mind. [As someone who has taught Intro to IR Theory, I can tell you that this is very important.]

Drezner's conclusions are brought together in a very concise final chapter that ably demonstrates the similarities, strengths and weaknesses of the theories he's discussed. He has hoped to show that when zombies walk the earth, it is not the end of humanity, and that international theory can offer a handle with which to approach this shambling threat.

Some of the jokes and references in this book might go a bit over some readers' heads, or may pass completely unnoticed, but only because the reader may not get the significance of some apparently-mundane phrases that are actually paraphrased `jargon' of the various theories. Despite this, however, there is no doubt that Drezner has written a book that is both fun and also academically sound. I am certain that the world can now breathe easy knowing that global governments might be just that little bit more prepared to deal with any future zombie apocalypse. This slim volume is very well-structured and written, and offers a superb introduction to not only zombie apocalypses, but also international relations theory.

I've been a fan of Drezner's writing ever since he started his blog on Foreign Policy. Reading Theories of International Politics and Zombies has only reinforced my respect for him and his work - he offers light humour to supplement his expert summaries and analysis. This review has only touched on a small fraction of how much the author has managed to cram into such a slim volume.

If you buy only one book about international relations (or zombies), make it this one. Very highly recommended, this is already one of my favourite books. It will change the way you watch zombie movies, and read zombie novels.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 April 2015
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Must read for someone who wants to get into IR or politics in general
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing and politically limited point of view., 16 April 2013
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This wasn't even funny. It's ill-thought political opinions scream out vanity press - it shows it's origins as a student dissertation that thinks too highly of itself. A mercifully short read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously intelligent, 30 May 2013
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Aside from being absolutely hilarious, this title provides an excellent introduction to the leading theories of international relations in a manner easily accessible to all. I would highly recommend it as a springboard for any aspiring international relations / politics student, or zombie enthusiast looking to understand what could likely be the 'bigger picture' of their post-apocalyptic zombie survival experience.

My only issue is that the author discounts M. Jackson's (1982) 'the evil of the Thriller' as a legitimate cause for any initial zombie outbreak.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bite size strategy, 18 April 2011
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Books on international politics and global crises should not be this much fun to read. However add a little zombie to the mix and phrases such as "Axis of Evil Dead" make an intriguing sense. The author cleverly draws from the large extant popular works on Zombies and postulates how such an uprising , as per Mr Rumsfeld's "Unknown, Unknowns" would effect local/global politics. For those who've appreciate Brook's "World War Z" or the works of (soon to arise) zombie Metternich, this is a recommended read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 Mar. 2015
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Extremely funny
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5.0 out of 5 stars really good, 28 Jan. 2012
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amazing book. I used it for interpol revision for exams, and it really helped highlight the basic ideas and theories of international politics
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1.0 out of 5 stars Theories of International Politics... And Aliens!, 3 Jun. 2012
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Very disappointing. The author considers the zombies as being smart, able to create alliances with humans for instance. Some illustrations show a zombie playing a videogame with a human, some "pro-zombies" demonstrations on the streets... Plus: defending their positions at the United Nations? Seriously? Zombies are not aliens, these are two completely different concepts. They are not suppose to show any signs of intelligence, or at least emotions. Several books, movies, videogames and tv show (The Walking Dead for instance) will prove this. I guess the name "zombies" was just put for marketing purpose. Aliens would have been MUCH more relevant.
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