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Am trying to write up a critical analysis of the book.this review is patterned after the book reviews that historians draft for professional journals such as the Journal of American History and the American Historical Review. its a critical examination of the author's thesis, use of evidence, and conclusion. It will be at least five double-spaced pages in length.. At the top of the first page only you need to place the proper citation. Please follow this model precisely:
Title of Book. By Author (Place of Publication: Publisher, Year of Publication). Page numbers. Reviewed by Your Name, Date of Review.
Homeward Bound: American Families in the Cold War Era. By Elaine Tyler May (New York: Basic Books, 1988). vii + 284 pp. Reviewed by J. Ross-Nazzal, May 6, 2009.
II. Body. The review itself is a critical examination of the author's theses, evidence, and analysis.
A. One (1) to Two (2) Paragraph Introduction
1. Tell the reader about the author
2. Why is the author interested in the subject?
3. Why did the author write the book?
B. Two (2) to Four (4) Pages on the subject
1. What is/are the author's thesis/theses?
2. What evidence does the author use?
3. Is the author's argument(s) effective? Defend your answer.
C. Two (2) to Three (3) Paragraphs on what worked or did not work for you
1. What was interesting?
2. What did not work for you? Defend your answer.
D. One (1) Paragraph Conclusion
1. Who would be interested in reading this book?
2. What level (novice, secondary school, undergrads, grad students, etc.) of expertise is this book written for?
3. End on a positive note.
A. Citations - please cite work by placing a parenthetical page number before the punctuation. For example, according to the author "this book is great" (4).
B. Bibliography - there is neither a bibliography nor a "works cited" page on a formal book review.
C. Cover page - there is no cover page on a formal book review. The heading of a book review takes the place of any cover sheet
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THINGS TO CONSIDER & TO KEEP IN MIND FOR ANY BOOK REVIEW:
- What is the word count requirement? This leads you to about how many pages the book review will be in length and is important so that you can get an idea on how much 'space' you have for the various sections I'm about to talk about below and should be estimated before you start writing.
- As with any history book, you should read the conclusion chapter first. Yes...read the conclusion chapter first and then go back and read the preface, introduction, and into the chapters and then the conclusion again so that you have insight into what you'll be reading about, and in turn, be able to identify more easily the book's thesis and overall points being made. In simplest terms, this helps you with comprehension!
BEFORE YOU WRITE...BEGIN W/A FEW NOTES ABOUT THE BOOK'S SUBJECT MATTER:
(*** This overall assessment will help you organize and plan your writing and ultimately save you time..! ***)
- Who is the author and what do you know about him/her...? Do some research on them personally and most importantly...try to find out why they wrote the book. Maybe the author has a family member who was deeply impacted by the Cold War....think along these lines as stuff like this is important to point out as the author would obviously have a very unique perspective on this topic that you or I don't have.
- When was it written...? This is importance in the ...
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