Book Review Instructions
This assignment is an exercise in critical reading, a skill that all students should develop. The assignment has four parts, and must not exceed eight pages for each book (or two pages for each independent chapter/article in a book that is edited rather than authored by one person).
The following parts must be in the paper in the following order.
1. Identification (5 pts.)
Identify the book through standard bibliographic format, e.g., Andrew Mbuvi, Temple Exile and Identity. London: T&T Clark, 2007.
2. Contents (20 pts.)
Briefly give a factual summary of the main points the author makes.
3. Thesis (10 pts.)
State the author’s thesis, that is, the main point the author wishes to convey. Note whether or not a thesis is explicitly stated or only implied.
4. Evaluation (65 pts. total)
This is the most important part of the assignment and should constitute the bulk of the paper.
Does the author successfully demonstrate his/her point? (30 pts.)
How effective is the author in proving the thesis of the book? Why is the author’s argument effective or ineffective? What about the author’s argument is persuasive or not persuasive and why? You should make specific references to the evidence the author employs. You should also note other ways of interpreting this evidence, in so far as you are able to determine this.
What is the author’s attitude toward the subject? (15 pts.)
By specific reference to the author’s work, describe the author’s attitude to the subject matter. Does the author generally appear objective? Does she/he reveal a particular attitude towards the subject matter? How does this effect the way he/she evaluates the evidence?
Are there others who agree or disagree? (10 pts.)
Does the author mention other positions on the issue(s) he/she discusses? How does he/she evaluate these positions? Does he/she appear to be fair in these evaluations?
Does the book contribute to your understanding of the subject? (10 pts.)
You should include consideration of whether or not this book is worth reading. Does it contribute significantly to scholarly debate? Did it help you to understand the issue better or only confuse you? Would you recommend this book to others interested in the topic?
Created: 2012-10-01 18:39
Deadline: 2012-10-13 16:29
Time Left: 9 days 21h 55m