A critical appraisal of a book (often reflecting a reviewer's personal opinion or recommendation) that evaluates such aspects as organization and writing style, possible market appeal, and cultural, political, or literary significance. Before the public reads book reviews in the local and national print media, important reviews have been published in such respected book-trade journals as Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, Library Journal, and Booklist. A gushing review from one of these journals will encourage booksellers to order the book; copies of these raves will be used for promotion and publicity purposes by the publisher and will encourage other book reviewers nationwide to review the book.
A book review is a brief summary and criticism of a book. It is written shortly after a book is published and appears in periodicals. While it does not provide in-depth criticism, a book review does provide insights into the merits of newly published works.
an analysis of the historiographical value (that is, the worth of the book's contribution to the literature of what has already been written about this topic) and the quality of the argument presented by the author, who is most likely a historian