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A book review written for United Service should not exceed 400 words (short reviews) or 850 words (long reviews).
The opening paragraph should be designed to capture the reader’s attention and should briefly state what the book is about – its key focus, e.g. naval strategy in the Pacific during World War II.
The second paragraph should give a brief background of the author and his/her suitability or qualifications for writing this book.
Subsequent paragraphs should elaborate the book’s main content.
In the penultimate paragraph(s), it may be appropriate to comment on the presence or absence or quality of the index, references, bibliography, maps, photographs, diagrams or similar inclusions. It also may be appropriate to comment on the style in which the prose is written, e.g. a book may be criticised as being written in a dull or overly-journalistic style.
The concluding paragraph should summarise the reviewer’s overall assessment of the book, e.g. this book provides new insight into the topic, or is one of the best I have read on the topic. The concluding paragraph should also include a recommendation about the people to whom the book might appeal – general readers, Australian Defence Force personnel, veterans, students, historians, etc.
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