Write a book review, between 1200-1750 words in length. On the Book War Without Mercy: Race and Power in the Pacific War by John W. Dower
Your review should have at least two goals: First, to describe the content of the book, and second, to provide a critical evaluation that gives your thoughts of the book’s quality.
Your introduction should include a thesis statement: What was the book about, and what is your critical opinion. (Hint: When I write, sometimes, I am unclear as to what my thesis is until I have written the the paper. It can work to write (or at least revise) your introduction after the rest of your paper is finished).
Do not spend more than one-third (total) of the paper summarizing the book. The summary should consist of a discussion and highlights of the major arguments, features, trends, concepts, themes, ideas, and characteristics of the book. While you may use direct quotes from the book (make sure you always give the page number), such quotes should never be the bulk of the summary. Much of your grade will depend on how well you describe and explain the material in your own words.
Throughout your paper, interspersed with the summary, I want you to provide a critique of the book. Demonstrate that you know the author’s argument, that you understand the evidence he provides, and discuss why you find the argument compelling (or not).
Book can be found on: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B-5-JeCa2Z7hMllVU2…