Sachs’ The Ages of Globalization: Geography, Technology, and Institutions
• The name of the author, book title, and the main theme.
• Relevant details about who the author is and where she stands in the genre or field of inquiry.
• The context of the book and/or your review. Placing your review in a framework that makes sense
to your audience alerts readers to your position on the book. For example, perhaps there is a
current globalization issue that the book helps make sense of. Your choice of context informs
• The thesis of the book. Identify for the reader the explicit argument(s) the author is making. You
may also want to acknowledge or discuss the book’s particular novelty, angle, or originality that
allows you to show what specific contribution the piece makes to the field of globalization and
• Your thesis about the book.
Brief Summary of Content
• This should be brief, as analysis takes priority. In the course of making your assessment, you’ll
support your assertions with evidence from the book, so some summary will be dispersed
throughout other parts of the review.
o Avoid simply repeating the table of contents. Instead, give the reader some idea of the
author’s thesis and how he develops it.
Analysis and Evaluation of the Book
• Your analysis and evaluation should be organized into paragraphs that deal with single aspects of
your argument. This arrangement can be challenging when your purpose is to consider the book
as a whole, but it can help you differentiate elements of your criticism and pair assertions with
evidence more clearly.
• Given the argument you want to make, you can organize your paragraphs more usefully by
themes, methods, or other elements of the book.
• It is essential that you make connections between your chosen text and class
discussion/reading. Drawing these kinds of comparisons will show the reader you have an
expansive knowledge on the subject.
• Engage the text (use direct quotations) to show that your argument is supported by the literature.
You can also paraphrase the author by stating the author’s points in your own words. If you do
this, however, remember to cite and give the author credit for the idea.
• Restate your thesis or make your final judgment regarding the book. Never introduce new
evidence for your argument in the conclusion.