The rationale for writing a comparative book review of these two books is that both authors address some fundamental problems associated with modern society
The rationale for writing a comparative book review of these two books is that both authors address some fundamental problems associated with modern society. Their analysis of the ills facing liberal-democratic societies should encourage reflection and reassessment of your concerns about contemporary society.
Students will be required to write a (7 page) comparative book review of Charles Taylor’s The Malaise of Modernity, (Concord, Ontario: Anansi Press, 1991) and Jean Bethke Elshtain’s, Democracy on Trial, (Concord, Ontario: Anansi Press, 1993).
Title page must include book titles, authors, city, publisher, date, # of pages, price
A useful book reviews answers the following questions:
What are the authors of the books trying to communicate?
How clear and persuasive are the authors in getting this message across to the reader?
Were the books worth reading? Why is one book better than the other and/or are the authors addressing different parts of the same issue?
The review must have the following component parts:
- a) Enticement – first sentence should “hook” the reader into reading your review
- b) Examination – Tell the reader what the books is about by explaining main arguments of the books (use in-text documentation when you cite the author)
- c) Elucidation – Clarify the books’ value and contribution to the field of Political Studies by defining what the authors are trying to do
- d) Evaluation – Having explained what the authors are attempting to do in the books, you should tell the reader how successful the authors were in that objective. Can you tell whether Charles Taylor and Jean Bethke Elshtain have a Christian perspective on the matter and what difference if any it makes to their analysis?