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This week I’ll be media whoring talking about Theories of International Politics and Zombies in a lot of venues.  For example, I have an essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education about what it was like to write a book about the living dead.  Here’s the opening paragraph: Regardless of what parents tell their children, books ...

By , a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

This week I'll be media whoring talking about Theories of International Politics and Zombies in a lot of venues.  For example, I have an essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education about what it was like to write a book about the living dead.  Here's the opening paragraph:

Regardless of what parents tell their children, books are routinely judged by their covers. Indeed, many book titles encapsulate a premise so obvious that the text itself seems superfluous. I'm talking about the literary equivalents of Hot Tub Time Machine or Aliens vs. Predator. I should know­—I'm the author of Theories of International Politics and Zombies.

In the interest of getting Media Whore Week off to a good start, here's a brief rundown of reviews so far. 

This week I’ll be media whoring talking about Theories of International Politics and Zombies in a lot of venues.  For example, I have an essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education about what it was like to write a book about the living dead.  Here’s the opening paragraph:

Regardless of what parents tell their children, books are routinely judged by their covers. Indeed, many book titles encapsulate a premise so obvious that the text itself seems superfluous. I’m talking about the literary equivalents of Hot Tub Time Machine or Aliens vs. Predator. I should know­—I’m the author of Theories of International Politics and Zombies.

In the interest of getting Media Whore Week off to a good start, here’s a brief rundown of reviews so far. 

Publisher’s Weekly:

[A]n intriguing intellectual conceit to explain various schools of international political theory…. Drezner is fascinated with zombies–he’s seen all the movies and read the books–and writes with clarity, insight, and wit…. This slim book is an imaginative and very helpful way to introduce its subject–who knew international relations could be this much fun?

Scott McLemee, Inside Higher Ed:

Whatever else it may be, an attack by bloodthirsty ghouls offers a teachable moment. And Drezner, who is a professor of international politics at Tufts University, does not waste it. Besides offering a condensed and accessible survey of how various schools of international-relations theory would respond, he reviews the implications of a zombie crisis for a nation’s internal politics and its psychosocial impact. He also considers the role of standard bureaucratic dynamics on managing the effects of relentless insurgency by the living dead. While a quick and entertaining read, Theories of International Politics and Zombies is a useful introductory textbook on public policy — as well as a definitive monograph for the field of zombie studies….  I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Josh Rothman, The Boston Globe

Political science isn’t really a science at all – it’s more like a collection of disparate and even contradictory world-views.  Daniel Drezner… has hit upon the perfect way to weigh those world-views against one another…. the detail with which Drezner can apply international political theory to the zombie apocalypse is striking. 

Adam Weinstein, Mother Jones

A light, breezy volume, TIPZ is a valuable primer in international relations theory for laypeople, and thank God for that—it’s been a long time coming. But Drezner’s real genius is that he’s written a stinging postmodern critique of IR theorists themselves…. It’s both a pedagogical text and a lampoon of pedagogy.

All of these reviews raise interesting questions, as does Charli Carpenter’s recent post.  I promise a response to these criticisms later in the week (just as soon as I can find Hosni Mubarak’s soeechwriter, because that guy was comedy gold)

In the meantime, just buy the friggin’ book already. 

Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he is the co-director of the Russia and Eurasia Program. Twitter: @dandrezner

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