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HST 291: US Imperialism, 1850 - Present: Books for Reviews

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Cover of scholarly book, The Anarchical Society, by Hedley Bull

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  • Authored by a Professor of International Relations at Oxford
  • Published by Columbia University Press
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  • Reviewed by academic journals: Political Science Quarterly, The Times Literary Supplement

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  • May or may not include references or notes
  • Uses language appropriate for a general audience
  • Is informational but does not present original empirical research
  • Does not require discipline specific knowledge
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  • Might be located in Clark Library's Popular Books section

Book cover for popular nonfiction book Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

The above book:

  • Authored by an award winning writer
  • Published by Random House
  • Written for a lay audience
  • Narrative or biographical story
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