Having to do an outline on the entire book "A New Republic - A History of the United States in the Twentieth Century"
By John Lucas
If I was to research what is usually the main points of a book, I would go to Amazon.com or on-line or New York Times to find a book review or reviews of the book. Usually,these book reviews will tell you about the book in several sentences or paragraphs. This will give you a general background of the major issues in the book. You might want to look up some sites on the major events in the history of the United States during the Twentieth century. These are probably the easiest way to do it.
I will also give you a speed way of reading a book that will take about two hours.
Thesis: In reading a book, you want to
find the author's thesis which is the author's position or opinion on the subject of the book. This can be found in the preface, introduction, or the concluding chapter. It is usually the common theme of the entire book. Sometimes the author will sum up his major points in the beginning parts of the book or tell you how the book is organized.
Purpose: This is the reason why the author is ...