The name of the book is below
Rethinking Asia’s economic miracle: the political economy of war, prosperity, and crisis
by Richard Stubbs 2018
A critical book review is not simply a summary of the book. It should serve as a description, critical analysis, and an evaluation. It should seek to analyse the strength and weaknesses of the book, detailing what the author has tried to do, the evidence advanced in support of the author’s arguments, and whether the author has succeeded or not. The book review can also explore the normative implications of the argument. In short, it is an exercise in critical reading. When writing the book review, it might be helpful to keep the following questions in mind (though there’s no need to explicitly organise your review around these questions).
What is the argument being made by the writer?
Why is he/she making this argument? What’s the point or purpose of it?
How is the argument set out and substantiated? What are the key steps? How do they fit together?
What are the strengths and weaknesses of the argument? How convinced am I by it, and why?
What are the implications of the argument? If the argument is convincing, what does it suggest about the study and practice of East Asian development? Do I agree with these implications?
It is not normal practice in book reviews to cite other reviews of the same book. The review should largely be your own observations and written in your own voice. If you wish, you can cite other works that might support your argument as you would in an any essay, though it is also perfectly legitimate not to cite any other works in a book review. If you are still unsure, you can also refer to some already-published book reviews in academic journals (for example, Journal of Contemporary Asia, or Journal of Asian Studies). Keep in mind though that book reviews published in journals do not always offer critical reflections, and thus, they may differ somewhat from what is expected for this assessment.