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What this handout is about This handout will help you write a book review, a report or essay that offers a critical perspective on a text. It offers a process and suggests some strategies for writing book reviews. What is a review? A review is a critical evaluation of a text, event, object, or phenomenon. Above all, a review makes an argument. Typically, reviews are brief. First, a review gives the reader a concise summary of the content. Becoming an expert reviewer: three short examples Reviewing can be a daunting task. Consider the following brief book review written for a history course on medieval Europe by a student who is fascinated with beer: Judith Bennett’s Ale, Beer, and Brewsters in England: Women’s Work in a Changing World, 1300-1600, investigates how women used to brew and sell the majority of ale drunk in England. The student describes the subject of the book and provides an accurate summary of its contents. There’s no shortage of judgments in this review! Who is the author?