GGRC45 Book Review

The Book: (I upload the book in the account)

Watson, James. 2006. Golden Arches East: McDonalds in East Asia 2nd Edition. Stanford University Press.


Your review should draw on the literature. Should think about how it situated itself in the available literature so there is an element of comparison but not the only aspect of a good book review.

Length must not exceed 5 pages of typed, double-spaced, 11-12 font of text. APA format.

**the references: you don’t need to use 5 references. Use as many as you needed. Thank you.


An analytic or critical review of a book or article is not primarily a summary; rather, it comments on and evaluates the work in the light of specific issues and theoretical concerns in a course. The literature review puts together a set of such commentaries to map out the current range of positions on a topic; then the writer can define his or her own position in the rest of the paper. Keep questions like these in mind as you read, make notes, and write the review.

  1. What is the specific topic of the book or article? What overall purpose does it seem to have? For what readership is it written? (The preface, acknowledgements, bibliography and index can be helpful in answering these questions. Don’t overlook facts about the author’s background and the circumstances of the book’s creation and publication.)
  2. Does the author state an explicit thesis? Does he or she noticeably have an axe to grind? What are the theoretical assumptions? Are they discussed explicitly? (Again, look for statements in the preface, etc. and follow them up in the rest of the work.)
  3. What exactly does the work contribute to the overall topic of your course? What general problems and concepts in your discipline and course does it engage with?
  4. What kinds of material does the work present (e.g. primary documents or secondary 
material, literary analysis, personal observation, quantitative data, biographical or 
historical accounts)?


  1. How is this material used to demonstrate and argue the thesis? (As well as 
indicating the overall structure of the work, your review could quote or summarize specific passages to show the characteristics of the author’s presentation, including writing style and tone.)
  2. Are there alternative ways of arguing from the same material? Does the author show awareness of them? In what respects does the author agree or disagree?
  3. What theoretical issues and topics for further discussion does the work raise?
  4. What are your own reactions and considered opinions regarding the work?


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