Book Review

Your book review should provide a comprehensive summary and analysis of the book under consideration and that summary and analysis should include generous but judiciously selected quotes to support your discussion. The paper should include as well, a several page demonstration of the relevance of the book by reference to actual public sector situations that illustrate key points of the book. 

These illustrations may come from your own workplace, and they should also be taken from news reports in prominent periodicals such as The Economist, The National Review,  The Weekly Standard, The Atlantic, the New York Times, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, the Washington Post, the Washington Times

You should also try to locate a couple of scholarly articles from journals such as (but not limited to) the Public Administration Review, Public Integrity, the American Political Science Review, the International Political Science Review, PS: Political Science and Politics The Public Interest, The National Interest, and the American Review of Public Administration. 

Some of these news sources and journals are available on the internet free of charge; some are available through the University System of Georgia’s Galileo system. Still others only offer restricted free access, but you may find that even with those sources that provide limited access, you will make a lucky find.

In addition it should be double-spaced, typed, and all references should follow a format that uses endnotes. If you have never used endnotes before, it is quite easy. Your word processor should do all the work. The length of your review should run at least 7-8 typed double-spaced pages.

If there are other reviews of the book you are reading, you might find them very helpful in your review. In fact, other reviews can give you a perspective which you could not otherwise gain, and could mean the difference, for example, between an "A" or a "B," etc. There are several locations where you might find existing reviews, either on the internet in general, or through our Galileo system.

It might be helpful to think of it in this way: your book review should consist of three parts, a Book Summary, a Book Analysis and a discussion of the Book’s Relevance. You need not, however, organize your review around these three headings--just be sure they are included.



© Hank Edmondson 2012