A key of most studies of history is the book review. A book review is a critical analysis of a written work and NOT a digest or summary. Students will be judging the book based on its merit rather than simply writing a book report. In the analysis, students will be asking questions such as: What is the author’s reason for writing the book? What his his/her argument? Is his/her argument effective? Does he/she back up the argument with enough evidence? How effective was he/she on dealing with the subject? How well was the book written? What are some ways to make the book better? Did the author provide extra material such as maps, photographs, bibliography, or index to help the reader understand the material? And so on. Above all, be objective.A sample book review template will be placed on Blackboard for the students to use. All book reviews should meet the following guidelines:
Minimum 1,000 words (around 3 ½ to 4 pages)
12-point type, Times New Roman Style
Refrain from using first-person person pronouns in your book review such as I, me, my, we, etc.
Headings should be single-spaced, beginning at the top of the first page. It should contain the following information and conform to the arrangement below:
Title. Author. (Place of publication: Publisher, Date of Publication. Number of Pages.)