Book Analysis Guidelines
By Scott Stambach
❏ 12-point Times New Roman font
❏ Title page with just the title of your paper in 16-point font bold with your name below in
12-point font italics centered in the middle of your page.
❏ Minimum 1,000 words.
❏ Stapled on the top left corner.
Key Elements: All of these elements should be easily found in your analysis.
❏ Who is the author and what is his/her general background? Why might they have written
❏ An explanation of the author’s thesis: What is the focus of this book? What was he trying
❏ What struck you or stood out in this book and why? Be as reflective and thoughtful as
you can. This is the soul of the paper.
❏ How does this book change/challenge the way you look at or think about some previously
held belief about the world? If it did not change or challenge anything for you, then
carefully explain why.
Final note: After reading 2,000 book reviews over the years, I have a well-honed B.S. detector.
Your grade on this assignment will, more than anything else, be based on the depth with which
you read the book and the sincerity with which you reflect upon i