General RemarksThe book review is not a full-fledged research assignment, so don’t panic. The purpose of the book review is to determine how well you can read and interpret a historical work and learn to think critically about its value. The review is, essentially, an exercise that asks you to select one (1) book dealing with a major event, social or political movement, personality, etc., that has a direct bearing on the course of history. Selections should be made and cleared with the instructor in advance. Read and evaluate the book carefully, looking for: (1) general ideas and themes(2) evidence to support (and sometimes contradict), the general idea(3) the effectiveness of the presentation of the author’s main thesis and contentions.II. Basic FormatThe book review is not a book report. It consists of two major elements:A. SummarydifferentIn this first section, it is your job to relate whatthe book said in shortened form, discussing major characters, events, etc. in an informative but concise manner. To do this effectively, it would be a good idea to read the book in its entirety before you begin towrite so that you can get a good general “feel” forthe material. Then, go back and begin taking a good set of notes on the whole book, not just related sections. Emphasizingsections of the book may come into play when you are ready to do your critical analysis.B. Critical AnalysisThis is just a fancy term for describing how youevaluate the book’s strengths and weaknessesbased on what you have read. IT IS PARTICULARLYIMPORTANT THAT YOU WRITE FROM THE VIEWPOINT THATDOES NOT KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THE BOOK THAT YOU ARE REVIEWING. Try to refrain from making very general evaluativestatements without backing them up with evidence orexamples taken from the text. In essence, you are telling an uninformed reader why the book would (or would not) be ofany historical value.wouldYOUR READERIII. Technical RequirementsThe first page of your review must contain the following:A. Bibliographic entry or citation. This includes the author’s name, title of the book, where the bookwas published, by what publishing company, and theyear of publication, in that order. Two such examples are shown below.EXAMPLE 1Williams, T. Harry. Huey Long. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1970.EXAMPLE 2Davis, Kenneth S. FDR: The New York Years, 1928-1933. New York: Random House, 1985.When the whole citation is longer than one line, the secondline should be indented seven (7) spaces, as shown inExample 2. I have used the above system to minimize confusion, so please use my system for the purpose of my course.B. Your name.C. The name and section number of the course that you are enrolled in.D. The date on which you are submitting your review.A cover sheet is optional, but if one is done, it must contain the above information in the order given. The cover sheet will not count as the first page of your review. The top, left-hand, bottom, and right-hand margins of your review should be approximately one inch.The review must be typed or word-processed. Dot-matrixprint is acceptable. The paper must also be double-spaced. Under no circumstances should the entire review be less than 4 1/2 or more than 7 typed pages long. A good average length would be approximately 5 1/2 typed pages. Please number the pages of your review, either at the bottom center or the top right-hand corner of each page. The review must be stapled at the upper left-hand corner of the first page. DO NOT USE PLASTIC REPORT COVERS. NO HANDWRITTEN REVIEWS WILL BE ACCEPTED. LATE REVIEWS WILL BE ACCEPTED, BUT THEY WILL BE DOCKED ONE LETTER GRADE FOR EACH MEETING THAT THEY ARE ACCEPTED PAST THE FINAL DUE DATE. OF COURSE, EARLY REVIEWS WILL BE ACCEPTED AS SOON AS THEY ARE COMPLETED. THE DEADLINE DATE FOR THE REVIEW IS TO BE ANNOUNCED IN CLASS.SellersPage 2 IV. Quotationssomethe book.If you do elect to use quotations:(1) NOT MORE THAN THREE (3) DIECT QUOTATIONS SHOULD BEUSED. Don’t quote whole pages; I am moreinterested in your perception of what the author is (or, incases, is not) saying.(2) If the quotation is less than three lines inlength, set it off in quotation marks in themain text of your review, followed by the author’s last name and the page number on which the quotation maybe found in parentheses. See Example 1below.EXAMPLE 1A. You are not required to use any quotations in yourreview if you do not wish to. Paraphrasing isrecommended, but direct quotations can be very effective in backing up a particular idea you agree with or, conversely, for attacking a particularly terrible section of”Franklin D. Roosevelt, forty-six years old, sat in an open carnear the ferryboat’s railing. He was casually if not carelessly dressed.” (Davis, p. 3.)If, however, you want to quote a longer passage, it should be set off 2 lines (1 double space) below the body of your review and indented five (5) spaces into the left margin.No quotation marks should be used in this case. See Example 2 below.EXAMPLE 2Roosevelt’s soft shirt collar, in a year when starched collars remained the rule for dressed-up men, loosely clasped his thick, strong neck; the unbuttoned coat of his coarse tweed suit hung loosely down from his broad, heavily muscled shoulders. Across his forehead slanted the brim of an ancient, battered, and imperfectly cleaned felt hat. He was smoking. Between his strong but uneven teeth, tilted upward at a jaunty angle, was a long ivory cigarette holder from which the burning cigarette itself portruded. (Davis, p. 3.)PLAGIARISM (USING THE AUTHOR’S WORDS AS YOUR OWN WITHOUT PROPERLY CREDITING THE SOURCE) IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED BY THE UNIVERSITYAND BY ME. PAPERS WHICH I SUSPECT OF PLAGIARISM WILL BE GIVEN AGRADE OF “0” AND THE UNIVERSITY WILL BE NOTIFIED IN WRITING BY ME OF THE OFFENSE.SellersPage 3V. GradingThe review is worth 150 points. You will receive a total of 75 possible points for the summary and 75 possible pointsfor the critical analysis. The two totals will be added together for the overall grade. Please avoid misspelled words and verb-subject disagreement at all costs. Pointswill be deducted for them according to theirfrequency. As a general rule, summarize in past tense and evaluate in present tense.Make sure that your final copy is neat and legible. Make every effort to get your review in to me by the finaldue date.V. Critical Analysis HintsIn addition to your properly cited value statements about the book’s suitability, be on the lookout for thefollowing elements:(1) Does the book contain any charts, graphs, illustrations, etc.? Do they enhance an understanding of the book or not?(2) Does the index mention key terms or ideas? Give examples of these. Are such terms cross-referenced?(3) What types of sources did the author depend on when writing your book? (other books, newspapers,diaries, oral accounts, etc.) Are such sources well- documented by the author or not? Is any type of federal documentation included with the other sources? If so, what type and how is it used? Were any footnotes used in the main body of the text? type and how numerous were they? Did the footnotes enhance or detract from your understanding of the book?(4) How convincing (or confusing) is the author’s presentation/writing style? Did this enhance or detract from your understanding of the book?If so, of whatAsking yourself these kinds of questions will refine the quality of your review and will hopefully make you a much more evaluative reader.