My neighbor is a history reader and we had a dialogue like this one yesterday:
Me: Believe me, the more famous the author, the more awful the author.
Response: How can you know they are awful?
Me: I read the notes.
Response: I never read the notes.
Me: I start with the notes.
With that in mind, let me propose a new kind of book review. Think about what this might tell you.
The Right Hand of Command: Use & Disuse of Personal Staffs in the Civil War by R. Steven Jones. Stackpole Books, 2000, 256pp.
Notes: 19. Of those, primary sources: 0.
Notes: 30. Primary sources: 3.
Notes: 51. Primary sources: 20.
Notes: 88. Primary sources: 44.
Notes: 57. Primary sources: 24.
Notes: 89. Primary sources: 61.
Notes: 147. Primary sources: 119.
Notes: 99. Primary sources: 60.
Notes: 20. Primary sources: 10.
Well, that's the whole review. I find this format rich and engaging.