Please email Dr. Ramey, and he will assign you a fairly recent history-related book to review. Some of the books are available electronically and are linked below. You can earn up to 30 points with this.
**Please don't pick a book on your own. I will not accept it.
Here are some guidelines (borrowed from the Writing Center at UNC):
- What is the thesis—or main argument—of the book? If the author wanted you to get one idea from the book, what would it be? How does it compare or contrast to the world you know? What has the book accomplished?
- What exactly is the subject or topic of the book? Does the author cover the subject adequately? Does the author cover all aspects of the subject in a balanced fashion? What is the approach to the subject (topical, analytical, chronological, descriptive)?
- How does the author support their argument? What evidence do they use to prove their point? Do you find that evidence convincing? Why or why not? Does any of the author’s information (or conclusions) conflict with other books you’ve read, courses you’ve taken or just previous assumptions you had of the subject?
- How does the author structure their argument? What are the parts that make up the whole? Does the argument make sense? Does it persuade you? Why or why not?
- How has this book helped you understand the subject? Would you recommend the book to your reader?
- The name of the author and the book title and the main theme.
- The thesis of the book.
- Your thesis about the book.
Summary of Content
This should be brief, as analysis takes priority.
Analysis and Evaluation of the Book
Your analysis and evaluation should be organized into paragraphs that deal with single aspects of your argument. [Remember the "template on constructing an essay" I posted in announcements.]
Sum up or restate your thesis or make the final judgment regarding the book. You should not introduce new evidence for your argument in the conclusion. You can, however, introduce new ideas that go beyond the book if they extend the logic of your own thesis.