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Adcock, Frank Ezra. The Greek and Macedonian Art of War. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press, 2008.

The point of a scholarly book review is not to summarize the content of the book, but to situate the historical merit of the book and to evaluate critically the author’s purpose, thesis, contentions, and methods of analysis. Hence, the bulk of the body of one’s review essay will be an evaluation of how convincing was the author’s presentation of his/her thesis and a commentary on the book’s contribution to one’s understanding of important issues in the history of warfare from antiquity until 1700.

Please include a coversheet followed by bibliographical information about the book in the first sentence of the review (author, title, city of publication, publisher, year of publication, how many pages). Example: Warry, John. Warfare in the Classical World. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press, 1995, 224 pages. Make sure the title is italicized each time it is used in the review.
Discuss the author’s main thesis and contentions. Please stay in Academic Third Person when writing (stay away from using First Person “I” in your analysis).
Explore the type or types of sources the historian utilized (primary and secondary), and the methods the author employs in choosing and organizing those sources.
Assess strengths or shortcomings of the book.
Discuss whether the book changed the way you think about the subject (or about debated issues in the history of warfare).
Please cite any facts or direct quotes in your Book Review using Chicago/Turabian footnote or endnote citation. Citations here do not count against your 950-1000 word count. Please include a bibliography.
Around seventy-five (75) percent of the material should be you describing the book, and twenty-five (25) percent should be the critique. I suggest using the author’s own words a hand full of times (with appropriate foot or endnotes citation) to buttress your analysis.
The last paragraph should include why you either recommend the book or do not recommend the book. Here, make sure that you stay in academic third person.
Finally, you will need to reference specific portions of the book to illustrate your evaluation. The challenge will be to do as much of this as possible and yet not let it interfere with the restricted length of the essay. In other words, find creative ways to give examples from the book in a limited space. Obviously, quotations should be kept to a minimum, and should rarely exceed one sentence. Chicago-Turabian footnote or endnote citation is required.

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