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A Book Review–25% of your final grade
Due: Sunday, June 7th @11: 55pm (Canvas).
The goal of the project is to develop your understanding of consumption, consumerism and politics. For this
project you are going to review, Dying for an IPhone: Apple, Foxconn, and The Lives of China’s Workers, by
Jenny Chan, Mark Selden, and Ngai Pun. I want to make sure that a book review is distinct from a summary or
discussion forum post (you may use your discussion forum posts when you write book review). Book review
demands a thoroughgoing analysis of and reaction to the content of the book. In your book review, capture the
core objectives, methods, perspectives, and questions developed by the author (s). You will need to provide an
overview of the book’s key findings mostly chapter by chapter. You may also need to focus on aspects of the
book that you find particularly interesting and compelling. In closing your review, you must convey an overall
assessment of the work, reflecting on its strengths and weaknesses. Here are suggested steps.
1. Identify the author’s main thesis (about 150 words)
For example, one of the objectives of Jason De Leon was to: Example: The author has written an
important book that demonstrates…
2. How are the author’s main points presented, explained, and supported? (about 1500 words)
Provide chapter by chapter information. Example: The book is divided into ten chapters… Are there
places/ sections/ sentences/ actions in the book that conjure a strong response from you? What are
those words or sentences? What is your reaction?
3. Critique: (about 150 words): Does the author’s presentation seem fair and accurate? Is the
interpretation valid? What comments can you make about the overall presentation of the subject of the
book? Who would you recommend the book to? Do you think people attempting to understand
American political culture would benefit from reading the book and how?
A. Citations—at least five quotes to the book. Your excerpts can be both paraphrased and direct
quotations. The citations should be fairly distributed throughout the entire book. As much as possible
use short quotations or references to the new ideas in the book to illustrate your point.
B. Your book review should be 1800 to 2500 words, double space, Times New Roman, and one-inch
C. The paper is due Monday, June 7th @ 11:55 pm on canvas. Upload it on canvas as a word document.
D. Plagiarism—be aware of it
According to dictionary.com plagiarism is “an act or instance of using or closely imitating the language and
thoughts of another author without authorization and the representation of that author’s work as one’s own, as by
not crediting the original author.” To avoid plagiarism, you have to either avoid using lengthy direct quotations
of readings and/or lecture notes. Instead, it is better to paraphrase those ideas, that is, to explain the concepts
from sources using your own words. However, when you paraphrase, you MUST STILL CITE THE SOURCE
of the idea. If you fail to cite the source, you are implying that it is your idea, and that is plagiarism. Direct
quotations: If you use direct quotes, then you must put the excerpt within quotation marks and use the correct citation following the quote.
When quoting use page numbers please