Book Reviews

Essential Objectives

A book review should address three issues:

  1. Contents, or what is said in the book.
  2. Style, or how it is said.
  3. Assessment, or analysis of how true and significant the book is.

The most essential preparation for review writing is of course a complete, thoughtful reading of the book. After reading, the reviewer should have a sound, integrated idea of the book contents, and begin to develop attitudes toward style, purpose, and value.

As the reviewer forms ideas for the review, certain influences and motives should be considered:

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