David?Garland,?The?Culture?of?Control?(Oxford:?OUP,?2001)

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What?is?the?book?s?argument?
2.?Does?the?book?do?what?it?says?it?is?going?to?do?
3.?Is?the?book?a?contribution?to?the?field?or?discipline?
4.?Does?the?book?relate?to?a?current?debate?or?trend?in?the?field?and?if?so,?how?
5.?What?is?the?theoretical?lineage?or?school?of?thought?out?of?which?the?book?rises?
6.?Is?the?book?well?written?
7.?What?are?the?books?terms?and?are?they?defined?
8.?How?accurate?is?the?information?(e.g.,?the?footnotes,?bibliography,?dates)?
9.?Are?the?illustrations?helpful??If?there?are?no?illustrations,?should?there?have?been?
10.?Who?would?benefit?from?reading?this?book?
11.?How?does?the?book?compare?to?other?books?in?the?field?
It?can?be?worthwhile?to?do?an?on?line?search?to?get?a?sense?for?the?author?s?history,?other?books,?university
appointments.?This?can?provide?you?with?useful?context.
Making?a?Plan
You?should?really?try?to?outline?the?book
review?before?you?write?it.?This?will?keep?you?on?task?and?stop?you?from?straying?into?writing?an?academic
essay.
Classic?book?review?structure?is?as?follows:
(?very?important),?
12.?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.
13.?One?to?two?paragraphs?identifying?the?thesis,?and?whether?the?author?achieves?the?stated?purpose?of?the?book.
15.?Two?to?four?paragraphs?summarizing?the?book.
16.?One?paragraph?on?the?book?s?strengths.
17.?One?paragraph?on?the?book?s?weaknesses.
18.?One?paragraph?on?your?assessment?of?the?book?s?strengths?and?weaknesses.
Avoiding?Five?Common?Pitfalls
1.?Evaluate?the?text,?don?t?just?summarize?it.?While?a?succinct?restatement?of?the?text?s?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?needn?t?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,?don?t?use?the?table?of?contents?as?a
structuring?principle?for?your?review.?Try?to?organize?your?review?around?the?book?s?argument?or?your?argument
about?the?book.
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3.?Judge?the?book?by?its?intentions?not?yours.?Don?t?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,?don?t?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?doesn?t?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?don?t?belabour?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.?Don?t?use?too?many?quotes?from?the?book.?It?is?best?to?paraphrase?or?use?short?telling?quotes?within?sentences.