Students often complain that textbooks are boring, but theyve never had one like this. With enlightening, yet entertaining, references ranging from 1984 to The Dark Knight, students take away more from discussions of institutions, ideology, or economics because core concepts are introduced using popular culture. Revisions to the second edition include recent movies and books and new stand-alone chapters on legislatures and executives. Students benefit from chapter summaries, bolded key terms, and discussion questions, as well as a student companion website. Instructors resources are available free to adopters.