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A book review: Berlin Diary:the journal of a foreign correspondent, 1934-1941. PLEASE READ AND CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING AS IT IS THE PROFESSORS STRICT GRADING TERMS. Please include all the required checkpoints listed in the following as well: A book review is NOT a book report in which you summarize the content of the book. A book review IS a critical assessment of the contributions that the author of the reviewed work has made to the field of scholarship. To do this, you must critically evaluate the author s intentions and purpose, thesis, contentions, and methods of analysis. The majority of your book review will be devoted to demonstrating that you understand the author s argument and how well the author made the case for her argument. To successfully achieve this goal, you must make claims about the author s argument and provide evidence using the author s own words to support your claims. Above all else, you must read and think before your begin writing your review. According to historian Jacques Barzun, The beginning, we know is important. The first [paragraph] should present an idea of interest to the readers . . . . If your first words are This book . . . they will not be able to distinguish your review from twenty others, and they will be entitled to conclude that you have not expended much thought on enlisting their attention. The opening statement takes the readers from where they presumably stand in point of knowledge and brings them to the book under review. The briefest possible description of its aim, scope, and place in the world therefore follows the baited opening sentence and completes the first paragraph. [Jacques Barzun, The Modern Researcher, 4th ed. (New York, 1985), 290.] Your book review should include the following: A bibliographic entry that identifies the author and full title, the author and full title, and the imprint (city, publisher, date of publication), your name, and course information. (Please use any standard citation format, i.e. Chicago Manual of Style, MLA, Turabian, APA) A thesis that explains the significance of this work to the history of Nazi Germany framed by a strong introduction A brief summary of: Who is the author? What are the qualifications of the author? What are the author s reasons for writing the work? A description of the overall scope of the work A brief summary of the content and structure of the work An explanation of the types of sources the author used. An assessment of the quality of the evidence the author uses to support her/his arguments An assessment/evaluation of the author s thesis, arguments and conclusions [hint: this is not simply a summary of what you liked or disliked about the book, but explanations, analysis, and implications about your assessment of the work] An analysis of the significance and importance of the author s conclusions to our understanding of themes of the lesson An assessment of what contribution the author makes to our understanding into the broader scope of the history of Nazi Germany.If you are reviewing a memoir or an eyewitness account, address as many of the above questions as are applicable. A work of fiction must be summarized (plot, characters, setting) and analyzed for its historical value. Remember, the above set of criteria for your review is not a laundry list of points that you simply jot down answers to and submit, but a guide to help you organize your thoughts into words. A book review, like all other historical contributions, is a crafted analysis that tells a story about the contributions and significance of the work to our understanding of the history of Nazi Germany. You must use the standard conventions of formal and persuasive writing: Your review must begin with a strong, concise thesis statement constructed around the nature of the contribution of the volume under review to the history of Nazi Germany. Your review must be organized in well-organized paragraphs Each paragraph must contribute a unique aspect of your analysis of the significance of the work under review. Each paragraph must begin with a topic sentence, which is a point related to your thesis and supports your thesis. Each paragraph must contain specific examples or evidence from the work under review that illustrates/supports the point of the paragraph Each paragraph must contain an explanation of significance that supports your interpretation of the significance of the contribution of the work to the history of Nazi Germany. LINK TO BOOK: A book review: Berlin Diary:the journal of a foreign correspondent, 1934-1941
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