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Writing Book Reviews: A Few Guidelines There are many styles of book reviews, they necessarily vary with the author, but any good book review will contain three major elements: The thesis, Development, and Critique. The Thesis You must clearly identify the author’s thesis. What is he/she trying to argue? What is the central point around which the entire book revolves? In general, the thesis is the unifying element upon which all secondary arguments and supporting evidence hangs. You should identify the thesis in the first paragraph of your review, and in most cases you can pin it down in one sentence. (The author often identifies the thesis in the preface or introduction; sometimes it is clearer in the conclusion.) The Development Once you have the thesis in mind, the next task is to determine how the author goes about proving his/her point. What does the author say to support his/her thesis? You do NOT want to provide a summary of the book when working on this element.
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