**BOOK IS ATTACHETED AS PDF** PLEASE DO NOT DO YOUR OWN BOOK!!!!!! Upper left co


**BOOK IS ATTACHETED AS PDF** PLEASE DO NOT DO YOUR OWN BOOK!!!!!!
Upper left corner: Name, Course & Section/Professor/Date
o Begin with bibliographic information for your chosen book (See example below)
o 1 inch margins
o 12 point font, Times New Roman or similar font
o Double-spaced
o Quotations –
§ At least 2, no more than 5.
§ No longer than 2 lines of text.
§ Footnote in Turabian or Chicago style. OR In-Text Citations (MLA or APA)
Evaluation
This should be a commentary, not just a summary of the book – it is a review, not a report. Answer the following sections within the paper. Your paper need not be organized in this specific manner, but I will be looking for these ideas within your writing. Please do not write a list of answers to these questions. Write a persuasive review of the book.
Summary of the book – 30% of review
Overview of the historiographical problem
What other writers have dealt w/ the problem?
What conclusions did they draw?
Is this book shifting the discussion?
Overview of the author’s career
Affiliations, biases, point of view
Other books
Does this book develop earlier thoughts?
Radical shift?
Was the work and author reliable?
Describe the aim and purpose
Analyze the argument – 70% of review
Relate the author’s thesis.
How does the argument prove the thesis to be true?
Is the argument convincing? Why or why not?
Strengths of Argument
Be specific and substantive
What are most original and important characteristics?
How does it build specifically, on earlier writings?
In what ways might it force scholars to rethink older ideas and traditional arguments?
Is the book well written? Easy to follow and read? If not, why?
Are the facts well presented? Do they conflict? Are they appropriate
Weaknesses of Argument.
Is it written against a particular school of thought, person, or book?
What are the holes in the argument
Has anything been ignored or left out?
Evaluate the evidence
How well does the evidence support the argument?
Is counter-evidence noted? (That is, every secondary source is an interpretation, is this point well made?)
Reactions
What struck you as noteworthy
Was the book effective and persuasive? (Did the thesis convince you?)
How did this book enhance your understanding of the topic?
Does the book contribute to your understanding of the subject? Is it worthwhile for students of history to read? Why or why not?


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