Dr. Gannon: “Let me tell you – if you are writing a book review of an academic historian’s work, the big secret is that we have conventions. We all structure the book very similarly. So you read the book and that’s fine, but what you have to do is go over it carefully in the introduction. Almost invariably, the author will tell you what they are talking about in the introduction. But more importantly, they will tell you what their thesis is.”
Dr. Özoğlu: “The biggest confusion students have…they think [a book review] is a book summary…There’s a huge different between book review and book summary. A book review is an analysis. The student first has to find out why the book was written and in their judgment, whether or not the author accomplishes their goal…there are other minor things the students can comment on like their sources, the flow of the text, the visuals, how convincing the argument is. All of these things amount to a book review.”
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*Provided by the UCF Department of History professors
How about you? What are some book review tips that have worked for you in the past?