Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-2017

Journal Title

The American Historian

Volume

May 2017

Version

Publisher's PDF

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Permission has been granted by the publisher to include this article.

Abstract

So, you’ve been asked to write a book review. Consider it an honor, not a burden. Younger scholars, in particular, often consider reviewing an onerous task detracting from their own scholarly research, interests, and desires, or that it takes up too much time. But I would argue that there are important benefits to be derived from writing book reviews. One of the most notable is that reviewing books not only expands one’s personal library of learning, but it also fosters disciplined reading habits. Failing to read and report on books deprives scholars of one of the academic opportunities of being well read in their field.

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