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Theory of International Politics by Kenneth N. Waltz
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Jan 25, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 2003

Perhaps 'the' book on IR theory to date. Waltz's rigorous, elegant, and compelling arguments have set the standard to everything that American IR scholarship produced ever since and still produces. This is not to say that 'Theory...' is not free from flaws, conceptual contradictions, and all kinds of controversies. You'd better think of it as the beginning of a powerful IR school of thought - neorealism - but not the only thing such school has to offer.

Like it or not, 90% of today's IR draws on Waltz's magnum opus - either to praise or to criticize him. Some say you can't get international politics right before reading this book. I tend to agree with those.

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