China Candid by Sang Ye Edited by Geremie Barme
Book reviews are a critical exercise. In addition to identifying the argument of the author, your task
is to evaluate his or her work. Some questions to consider when writing a review include:
1) Does the evidence support the author’s conclusions? Is there evidence that would have
strengthened the argument?
2) How well does the author organize the information? Is the writing easy to follow?
3) What is the point of view of the author? Does that point of view negatively or positively affect the
treatment of the subject?
4) What does the author do well? What could the author have done better?
5) How does the book contribute to the field of history? Does it make a significant contribution?
Book reviews should be two to four pages. Make sure that your name appears on the first page.
Please use standard margins (one to one and a half inches) and font size (eleven to twelve points).
Papers should be double-spaced. Your source—the book that you are reviewing—should be cited.