ASSIGNMENT & SCORING: Any HUM 212 student can choose to write a 3-4 page book review to earn extra bonus points from the book list below. Your book review score will be averaged with the lowest of your unit exam scores at the end of the semester. The new average will replace your lowest unit exam score. For example, a book review score of 90 could be averaged with a unit exam score of 70 for a result of 80. The score of 80 would replace the 70 in my gradebook. You just earned 10 extra points!
WRITING GUIDELINES: 3-4 pages; font=12; double space; place page numbers in parentheses after any direct quotations from your book.
CONTENT OF PAPER: (1) introductory section which provides the book’s author, title, approximate date of original publication (if known), and a brief preview for your readers about the subject matter of your book; (2) a section which provides a summary of the book’s key points that readers should know; (3) a final section which contains your own overall evaluation of the book: pros and cons, likes and dislikes. Was it easy to comprehend? (Why would USI students benefit from reading this book.)
BOOK LIST: Most, but not all, of these books are available from Rice Library.
GRADING: 50 Pts Writing Mechanics (Grammar, Spelleen, Punctuation, etc.) and 50 Pts Content. Total of 100 points.
HUM 212 Book Review List
Nicholl, Charles. Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind. The Renaissance Man.
Wilson, Derek. Out of the Storm. Bio of Martin Luther.
Erasmus. Praise of Folly. Satirical attack against snobs and elitists.
King, Margaret L. Women of the Renaissance. Notable female writers and artists.
Parker, T. H. L. John Calvin: A Biography. Father of Protestantism, American style.
Hill, Frances. A Delusion of Satan: The Full Story of the Salem Witch Trials. Witches!
Donnelly, J. P. Ignatius Loyola: Founder of the Jesuits. Catholic promoter of education.
Weir, Alison. The Life of Elizabeth I. America’s favorite queen, so says Dr. Plath.
Ackroyd, Peter. The Life of Thomas More. Martyr for his church, traitor to his king.
D’Aulaire and D’Aulaire. Columbus. Columbus’s impact, warts and all.
Innes, Hammond. The Conquistadors. How the Spanish conquered Mexico.
Weidhorn, M. The Person of the Millennium. Biography of Galileo.
Sahakian, Mabel. John Locke. Bio of the father of natural rights.
Armitage, Angus. Copernicus, The Founder of Modern Astronomy. Biography.
Weymouth, L. Thomas Jefferson: The Man, His World, His Influence. Biography.
Tomalin, Claire. The Life and Death of Mary Wollstonecraft. The first modern feminist.
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein. A cautionary tale about the dangers of modern science.
Wheen, F. Karl Marx: A Life. Biography of the father of communism.
Ross, I. S. Life of Adam Smith. Biography of the father of free-market capitalism.
Westfall, R. The Life of Isaac Newton. The man who discovered the law of gravity.
Overy, R. The Dictators: Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Russia. Who was worse?
Goldhagen, Jonah. Hitler’s Willing Executioners. Germans who joined Hitler.
Metaxis, Eric. Bonhoeffer. Biography of the Lutheran pastor turned Nazi resister.
Chambers, Whittaker. Witness. Former Communist confesses his past.
Downs, Frederick. The Killing Zone: My Life in the Vietnam War. A soldier’s story.
Ayers, William. Fugitive Days. 1960s antiwar terrorist who regrets nothing.
Rudd, Mark. Underground. 1960s antiwar terrorist who regrets everything.
Sides, Hampton. Hellhound on His Trail. The manhunt for M. L. King’s assassin.
Weisel, Elie. Night. Gripping memoir of teen who survives Nazi death camps
Larson, Erik. The Devil in the White City. A serial killer at the Chicago World’s Fair.
Sides, Hampton. Ghost Soldiers. The rescue of Bataan Death March survivors in WWII.
Hersey, John. Hiroshima. Lives of six survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bomb blast.
Extra credit ASSIGNMENT & SCORING: Any HUM 212 student can choose to write a 3-4 page book review to earn extra bonus points from […]