Book review on “a people’s history of the united states” by howard



· Author’s content and purpose

· Structure

· Audience


· Accuracy

· Up-to-datedness of the information

· The sources used to justify the author’s stance


· What issues does it raise?

· What issues are omitted?

· The effect of the book

· Your recommendation


Write some questions based on the list below:

· Why has the book been written?

· When was it written?

· What is the scope of the book?

· Who is the intended audience?

· How accurate is the author’s content?

· How (well) is evidence used?

· Are there any omissions?

Find out about the author:

· Qualifications

· Background

· Affiliations

· Other works (if any)


Structuring the book review

The review should be 2 – 3 pages. (12 point font, double-spaced) 

At the start, put the complete bibliographic information:

Title in full, author, place of publication, publisher, date of publication edition, number of pages.


Your introduction will usually include:

· your overall impression of the book

· a statement about the author

· a statement on the purpose of the book

· a statement of the significance of the work

· a comment about the relationship between this work and others by the same author, the same subject and the same genre

The body of your review develops the points you want to make:

· greater detail on the author’s thesis and a summary of the main points

· evaluation of strengths, weaknesses, contribution or bias, and evidence provided by author

· the evidence that is the basis of your critique – Quotes should be followed by the page the quote came from. Example “George Washington was from Virginia.” (49) Due to the length of these reviews use direct quotes sparingly. 

The conclusion (last paragraph) includes:

· your final assessment

· restatement of overall impression

· (re)statement of your recommendation










Gives relevant information about author and intended   audience, positions text in scholarly debate

Clearly describes thesis, argument and conclusions of   text. Shows good understanding of relevant main points and avoids extraneous   detail.

Perceptively describes and evaluates the kinds of evidence   used to support the claims in the text, suggesting other potentially useful   sources that would tend to confirm or refute argument.

Thoughtful evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of text,   pointing to other texts that seem to support or weaken argument.

Few   errors in spelling, punctuation, capitalization, sentence structure and   grammar.

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