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Writing a Critical Book Review

A critical book review offers both a description and an evaluation of a book. A history book review locates the book in a historiographical context - the arguments and interpretations of a given topic.

In your book review, you need to answer the following questions

  • What historiographical issues does the book address?
  • What other books have been written on the same topic? How have they interpreted the subject?
  • What is the book’s thesis or point of view?
  • What evident is used to support the thesis? How accurate is the evidence? Has relevant or conflicting evidence been omitted?
  • How valid is the book’s argument?
  • What has the book accomplished?

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