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Politics: A Very Short Introduction

Narrated by: Eric Jason Martin
Length: 4 hrs and 21 mins
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In this provocative but balanced audiobook, Kenneth Minogue discusses the development of politics from the ancient world to the twentieth century. He prompts us to consider why political systems evolve, how politics offers both power and order in our society, whether democracy is always a good thing, and what future politics may have in the twenty-first century.

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©1995 Kenneth Minogue (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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  • Darwin8u
  • Mesa, AZ, United States
  • 04-14-19

The Universal Experience of Politics in 150 pages.

"Governments wishing to claim credit for all good things, an oppositions wishing to dispense blame for all bad things, have colluded in spreading the idea that all things, good and bad, are caused by political policies."
- Kenneth Minogue, Politics: VSI

Vol N° 8 of Oxford's Very Short Introductins series, Politics, is a well-written if slightly in the woods VSI. As someone who got their masters in public policy, there wasn't anything really new here, but what Minogue writes, he writes with wit and style (and occasional brilliance).

I enjoyed his review of the history of politics (Greeks, Romans, Christianity, all the way to modern states) and his focus on the experience of politics. There are a million ways to approach such a broad subject as politics, and while this introduction might not be everyone's tea, I quite enjoyed it. MInoque said it better "the author fully realizes that one man's error is likely to be another's enthusiastic commitment."

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-12-18

Excellent book, didn't like the narration.

This is an excellent book, much of which was revelatory to me, since I'm unschooled in political science. The narrator is clear and easy to understand, but his pace is tired and to me he sounds bored. A slightly racier style on his part would present the material better.

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  • Alex
  • 04-06-15

A very basic, yet thought provoking introduction

It is a good introduction to politics as a whole and it is very thought provoking. I got through it in 2 sittings.

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  • Yeh C.
  • 02-10-18

Great insight into workings of politics

The author explains how politics came about, how we are affected and attempts of past generations to create an idealised society. Great for an initial understanding of politics

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  • DaveW
  • 05-26-15

Waffle, heaped upon endless waffle

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

Nobody. I really mean this.

Has Politics: A Very Short Introduction put you off other books in this genre?

Not at all. Ben Dupre does one called 50 ideas. It is lovely :-)

What aspect of Eric Martin’s performance might you have changed?

You cannot blame the messenger. The author is the flaw.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No, none whatsover.

Any additional comments?

I listened for a long time, waiting to learn something. I didn't.

Eventually I picked out chapters of interest. It was just endless words, without ever actually saying anything.

I really am appalled and will happily look the author in the eye and tell him to get a job. I am slightly annoyed that I paid to have this chancer waste my leisure time.

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