Topic: “King Leopold’s Ghost” book review assignment

Book Review
800-1000 words
The purpose of this assignment is for you to evaluate the book King Leopold’s Ghost:
A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa using a geographic
perspective. It’s incumbent that you are able to draw on concepts we’ve discussed
thus far this semester, such as colonialism, globalization, capitalism, indigenous
rights and resistance, development, genocide, and racial and environmental justice,
as well as your understandings of sub-Saharan Africa.
This is NOT a book report, so you’re not simply recounting what happened in the
book.
I want you to think of this assignment as if you’re preparing a book review for
someone who has not read the book yet. In doing so it should be very apparent that
you’ve read the book.
You will need to answer the following questions. I recommend using quotes from
the book to support your ideas and evaluation.

  1. Briefly summarize the book. In this portion of the review you will provide the
    main points and introduce the main characters.
  2. What characters did you agree or disagree with? Explain.
  3. Describe the major geographic concepts and themes of the book.
  4. Evaluate the author’s major argument and/or purpose. What worked well? How
    does the author use findings or evidence to support his argument or the purpose of
    the book? How did the book appeal to you? Emotionally? Does the book accomplish
    what it sets out to do?
  5. Evaluate the author’s writing style. What did you like or dislike? Why? What
    makes this book good or bad? Who would you recommend this book to and why?
    Please carefully review your book review before submission:
    • Make sure you’re using quotes that support/provide examples specific to
    your ideas. (APA or MLA format is fine, just be consistent)
    • In-text citations – When using quotes be sure you’re using page numbers (p.
    xyz).
    • Check for organization and clarity of ideas.
    • Consider that there is not enough space in this assignment to talk in great
    depth about every character or issue. Be selective.
    • Check for grammar, spelling, capitalization, and punctuation. Make sure you
    spell the names of people and places correctly.
    • Check your homophones: they’re/their/there, were/we’re/where,
    affect/effect, then/then
    Adapted from:
    https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/general_writing/common_writing_assignments/book_
    reviews.html

Type of assignment: Academic paper writing
Type of assignment: Book review
Subject: Geography
Pages/words: 3/825
Number of sources: 5
Academic level: Bachelor
Paper format: MLA
Line spacing: Double
Language style: US English

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