Holton, Woody Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution Hill and Wang, 2008 978-0809016433 Soft Cove

Holton, Woody Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution Hill and Wang, 2008 978-0809016433 Soft Cove

“put aside” their personal feelings about the book and write an objective review. This is actually very good advice, but can be hard to do. What this assignment is attempting to do is to force you to confront your opinions about the book, both positive and negative, and evaluate why you feel that way.

acknowledg and evaluating your own opinions about the book, you will be better equipped to do so with future book reviews. If you can say “I don’t like this book because I find it difficult to read”, then you have identified a potential issue that can be examined. Is the book truly poorly written, which is a significant and objective criticism? Or do you just not like the style it is written in, which makes it a personal opinion rather than an objective criticism?

present your opinion of, and reaction to, the book itself. You don’t have to like the book – this is your opinion, after all. One way to help express your opinion would be to consider some or all of the following questions – although this is not mandatory, by any means. And remember, these essays are to be written in the first person (“I thought…”) rather than the third person (“The book was…”).

Did you find the book easy or hard to read, and why?

What were your most/least favorite portions of the book, and why?

Do you think the author provided adequate support for his thesis / arguments?

Was there any material that you felt should have been included in the book but wasn’t? Was there material in the book that you felt was unnecessary?

What did you learn from it? What do you feel was the most important idea or concept you gained from reading the book?

In what ways did this book increase your understanding of the Revolutionary period of American history?

Do you think the book have been improved? If so, how?

Do you feel that the book agrees or disagrees with other books or material you have read on this subject? If so, in what ways, and what do you feel is the correct interpretations of events, and why?

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