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How to write a Book Review I. Book Review v. Book Report A book report merely summarizes a book. A book review you do report on the content of the book, but you do so in the context of assessing its strengths and weaknesses. In other words, you critique the book. II. Here is how you go about writing a review. Ask yourself these questions. 1. Why is the book interesting? 2. Did you find the book unconvincing because the author did not supply enough evidence to support his or her assertions? 3. Or did you disagree with the book’s underlying assumptions? 4. Who is the author and what are his credentials? 5. Why did he or she write this book? 6. Who is the intended audience? 7. Are there detectable biases in the book’s content? 8. When was the source composed? (Place the book within its contemporary historical context.) 9. Are there other contemporary sources to compare against this one? 1
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III. Begin to write your review. Summarize the book and relate the author’s main point, or thesis. (Somewhere early in the paper,
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