The Art of the Review - Episode 2 Reviews We Liked, part 1

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In this episode, Robert and Yelena discuss two reviews they liked and one review that was less than impressive. They conclude that judging a review is at least partly subjective, and that a preference for extended anecdotes, historical background, and discussions of the literature varies by reader. Below are the three reviews we discussed.


An unlikable review:

  • Fred Lamar Pearson, Jr. Review of John T. McGrath, The French in Early Florida: In the Eye of the Hurricane. American Historical Review 107:1 (Feb. 2002): 184. (Available by subscription online)

Reviews we liked:

  • Sarah H. Brown. Review of Roberts, Blain, Pageants, Parlors, and Pretty Women: Race and Beauty in the Twentieth-Century South. H-Florida, h-Net Reviews. January, 2015.
    • Link on the H-Net Commons.
  • Nicholas B. Breyfogle. Review of Moon, David, The Plough that Broke the Steppes: Agriculture and Environment on Russia’s Grasslands, 1700-1914. H-HistGeog, H-Net Reviews. February, 2015.
    • Link on the H-Net Commons.


The Art of the Review was produced by Robert Cassanello and Yelena Kalinsky and sponsored by H-Net Humanities and Social Sciences Online and the University of Central Florida's Center for Humanities & Digital Research.