b) Briefly summarize the authors ideas about these topics, main points, and conclusions. 8) Use specific references and quotations to support your statements.

12 point, standard style font. Footnoted using the Chicago Style. 8 pages long, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font. After you have read the book, write a review of it in which you accomplish at least four things: ? First, you need to introduce the author and explain his background. ? Second, you need to explain what the authors thesis was and, in your opinion how well the author accomplished this purpose. The thesis is the authors argument or assertion about a particular subject, the authors beliefs about something important, the books philosophical conclusion, or the proposition the author means to prove. ? Third, provide at least three key points that the book makes about the subject or person. ? Finally, you need to provide a reflective or personal analysis of the book: What did you learn, would you recommend it, did it make an impact on you in some way, it this an important book, etc. Choose some, but do not use all, of these: 1) State the authors purpose in writing the book. Sometimes authors state their purpose in the preface or the first chapter. When they do not, you may arrive at an understanding of the books purpose by a) Scanning the Table of Contents. This can help you understand how the book is organized and will aid in determining the author’s main ideas and how they are developed – chronologically, topically, etc. b) Looking for other book reviews. If you use these, be sure to reference them in footnotes. 2) Include some BRIEF biographical information about the author. a) What is his background? Why did the author write on this subject rather than on some other subject? b) What is his reputation, qualifications, influences, biographical, etc. – any information that is relevant to the book being reviewed and that would help to establish the author’s authority. c) Can you discern any connections between the author’s philosophy, life experience and the reviewed book? d) From what point of view is the work written? e) Was the author trying to give information, to explain something technical, to convince the reader of a beliefs validity by dramatizing it in action? 3) How did the book affect you? State your previous understanding of the topic and then if any previous ideas you had on the subject were changed, abandoned, or reinforced due to this book? How is the book related to your own course or personal agenda? What personal experiences you’ve had relate to the subject? 4) Would you recommend this book or article to others? Why? 5) Respond to the author’s opinions. What do you agree or disagree with? And why? 6) Illustrate whether or not any conclusions drawn are derived logically from the evidence. Explore issues the book raises. What possibilities does the book suggest? What has the author omitted or what problems were left unsolved? What specific points are not convincing? Compare it with other books on similar subjects or other books by the same as well as different authors. Is it only a reworking of earlier books; a refutation of previous positions? Have newly uncovered sources justified a new approach by the author? Comment on parts of particular interest, and point out anything that seems to give the book literary merit. Relate the book to larger issues. 7) Summarize (briefly, in about a page), analyze, and comment on the books content. a) State some general conclusions. Pay particular attention to the author’s concluding chapter. Is the summary convincing? If your thesis has been well argued, the conclusion should follow naturally. It can include a final assessment or simply restate your thesis. Do not introduce new material at this point.

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