Step Four- Write the review. The following is a suggested set of steps I

Step Four- Write the review. The following is a suggested set of steps I find useful.  Your review should be 5 pages, 1250 words . When using quotes in your paper, do not use more than 25 words per quote. (In looking for a template, what follows seems standard. A number of sites were consulted, and this basic template can be found on page 4 of  A Pocket Guide to Writing History by Mary Lynn Rampolla. I have also added suggestions.)
 
 Summarize the book and relate the author’s main point, or thesis. It is best to identify the thesis with a quote from the author. [One paragraph]
Describe the author’s viewpoint and purpose for writing; note any aspects of the author’s background that are important for understanding the book. You can usually find good information on this topic in the preface or the introduction to the book. You must research the author outside of the book as well. For example, visiting a web site or doing other research on the author. [One paragraph]
Describe the most important evidence the author presents to support his or her thesis. Again, this is a useful place for a quote. Use the skills you have developed in assessing evidence.  [2 to 3 paragraphs]
Evaluate the author’s use of evidence, and describe how he or she deals with counter-evidence. It is important to note if the author does not mention any counter-evidence as well. Academic historians should consider counter-evidence. [One paragraph]
Is the book’s argument convincing? If so why, if not, why not? Cite examples from the text. Be sure your comments are grounded in evidence. Simply saying, “I did not like it” will not work. [Two  paragraphs]
Compare this book with other books or articles you have read on the same subject. You may use works you have read for the class. You may also use outside research, such as a monograph on the topic.[One to two  paragraphs]
Conclude with a final evaluation of the book. You might discuss who would find this book useful and why. Also, assess the contribution the book made to your understanding of history. [One paragraph]