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“A Novel Approach to Politics is an easy-to-read, entertaining, basic introduction to political science that covers the key concepts, theories, and thinkers of the discipline with relatable examples and illustrations from fiction and pop culture. Van Belle’s humor sets his text apart, making learning about political science ’cool‘ and ’entertaining‘ for the nerdy and non-nerdy alike.”
“A Novel Approach to Politics is highly readable and engaging for students! This is a text that will draw students into topics that they previously rolled their eyes at. Seriously, students will actually not only read the book, but also be able to personally relate to the material. In 25 years of teaching political science, I’ve never found a better textbook!”
“Who says political science has to be dull and lifeless? Van Belle’s textbook is completely distinctive from the other currently available political science textbooks— you will come for the popular culture references and stay for the humor, which both work as engaging ways to keep students’ attention. My students invariably love this book. A Novel Approach to Politics is political science as you always hoped it would be.”
Douglas Van Bell’s A Novel Approach to Politics is a “useful and handy textbook for…beginners” with “good examples” and “simple definitions.”
“Van Belle offers us an introduction to the study of politics using popular culture and humor. While this approach is already enshrined in the numerous articles and teaching conferences in our discipline, it has yet to be reflected in any meaningful way in a textbook— with Van Belle’s text as the exception, of course!”
“A Novel Approach to Politics is an entertaining textbook that combines solid scholarship with references to cultural media that students will enjoy and teachers will find refreshing. Van Belle’s text is very different from traditional textbooks— it is like The Daily Show compared to CNN News. Its sarcasm and humor are unique and make students more likely to read it than traditional texts.”