1. Name the book. Introduce the author, the historical period and topic of the book. Tell the reader what genre of history (or theory or fiction…) this work belongs to or what approach the author has used. State your thesis –a sentence or two that offer(s)your evaluation of the book. 2. Explain the author’s main argument. 3. Summarize the book’s organization and give a little more detail about the author’s sub-arguments. Here you would also work in your assessment of the evidence and sources used. 4. Strengths and weaknesses or flaws in the book are usually discussed next. It is up to you to decide in what order these should come, but if you assess the book positively overall, do not spend inordinate space on the book’s faults and vice versa.