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“If you are looking for a text that incorporates two major aspects of teaching a course in International Studies, this is the book for you. There is coverage of the most important theoretical aspects of our highly globalized world so that students understand the impact of the ubiquitous technology on our interconnected lives. And there is coverage of the most important global issues of the day: terrorism, trade, aid, the environment, etc.”
"I think the interactive and interdisciplinary approach will make this book stand out."
“This is a very good introduction to international affairs… well-organized, up-to-date, and lucid.”
“By approaching IR [IS] from an issues perspective, the authors have set themselves apart from competing texts. The inclusion of relatively recent issues is also an important factor setting this book apart.”
In short, Scott Straus and Barry Driscoll have ingeniously marshalled their intellectual forces to produce a memorable introductory text for international studies courses that should be required reading for anyone engaged with our globalizing, inter-connected, and interdependent world. In particular, it should sit atop the supplementary sources for all introductory liberal arts courses. Kudos to Straus and Driscoll for pulling off this scholarly and pedagogical feat!
Good choice of topics for the text, well-written and engaging, appropriate technical level for students and relevant exercises to test students' knowledge.