A Review: The Good Shepherd

State Standards

  • 2.5 Analyze an authorís implicit and explicit philosophical assumptions and beliefs about a subject.
  • 3.0 Students read and respond to historically or culturally significant works of literature that reflect and enhance their studies of history and social science. They conduct in-depth analyses of recurrent themes.
  • 3.5.c Analyze recognized works of American literature representing a variety of genres and traditions: Evaluate the philosophical, political, religious, ethical, and social influences of the historical period that shaped the characters, plots, and settings.
  • 3.8 Analyze the clarity and consistency of political assumptions in a selection of literary works or essays on a topic (e.g., suffrage, womenís role in organized labor). (Political approach)

Project Summary

During our World War II unit in US History, we adopted a sort of joint effort between the English and History classes. In English, we chose a book written about World War II, fiction or non-fiction, and absorbed whatever we could from it. We then wrote a comprehensive book review that outlined the plot without giving spoilers and evaluated the book's quality, the writer's style, and our recommendations. We also included standard details about the book, including page count, author, publisher, year of release, etc. It was an interesting project that gave me another opportunity to research World War II.


Though it was not the first time I had read The Good Shepherd, I enjoyed reading it vastly, and it never failed to enthrall me with suspenseful encounters with the German submarines. i learned that an excellent novel needs no fancy superhuman characters, it needs only good, old-fashioned suspense to keep a reader on his or her toes and itching to turn the page to find out what happens next. Without a doubt, I would recommend this novel to any other history enthusiast. The details are accurate and give amazing insight into the Navy of the time.

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