Book review on Civilization the west and the rest
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Book reviews are usually 600 to 2,000 words in length. It is best to aim for about 1,000 words, as you can say a fair amount in 1,000 words without getting bogged down. Theres no point in making a book review into a 20-page masterpiece since the time would have been better spent on an academic essay that would count for more on your c.v.
Classic book review structure is as follows:
Title including complete bibliographic citation for the work (i.e., title in full, author, place, publisher, date of publication, edition statement, pages, special features [maps, color plates, etc.], price, and ISBN.
One paragraph identifying the thesis, and whether the author achieves the stated purpose of the book.
One or two paragraphs summarizing the book.
One paragraph on the books strengths.
One paragraph on the books weaknesses.
One paragraph on your assessment of the books strengths and weaknesses.
Writing the Review
Once youve read the book, try to spend no more than one or two weeks writing the review. Allowing a great deal of time to fall between reading the book and writing about it is unfair to you and the author. The point of writing something short like a book review is to do it quickly. Sending a publication to a journal is always scary, sitting on the review wont make it less so.
Avoiding Five Common Pitfalls
1. Evaluate the text, dont just summarize it. While a succinct restatement of the texts points is important, part of writing a book review is making a judgment. Is the book a contribution to the field? Does it add to our knowledge? Should this book be read and by whom? One neednt be negative to evaluate; for instance, explaining how a text relates to current debates in the field is a form of evaluation.
2. Do not cover everything in the book. In other words, dont use the table of contents as a structuring principle for your review. Try to organize your review around the books argument or your argument about the book.
3. Judge the book by its intentions not yours. Dont criticize the author for failing to write the book you think that he or she should have written. As John Updike puts it, Do not imagine yourself the caretaker of any tradition, an enforcer of any party standards, a warrior in any ideological battle, a corrections officer of any kind.
4. Likewise, dont spend too much time focusing on gaps. Since a book is only 200 to 500 pages, it cannot possibly address the richness of any topic. For this reason, the most common criticism in any review is that the book doesnt address some part of the topic. If the book purports to be about ethnicity and film and yet lacks a chapter on Latinos, by all means, mention it. Just dont belabor the point. Another tic of reviewers is to focus too much on books the author did not cite. If you are using their bibliography just to display your own knowledge it will be obvious to the reader. Keep such criticisms brief.
5. Dont use too many quotes from the book. It is best to paraphrase or use short telling quotes within sentences.