Readers expect an author photo on the back cover, and a brief about the author on the back cover or inside.
The text on the back cover is VERY powerful, but should be larger and provide more contrast against the navy blue.
The laminate is peeling from the cover. Use another printer in the future.
The first right-hand (recto) page is known as the half title or bastard title page. It should have the title only, in simple type. No artwork or authors name. Maybe a tiny logo.
The back of that page (first verso page) should be blank.
The second recto page is the title page, and can have fancier typography than the bastard page, plus authors name and name of publisher.
The back of that page (second verso page) is the copyright page. It should have the copyright notice (change it to 2011 or even 2012 if your pub date will be in October or later). The page alsogets the ISBN and LCCN, and maybe name of editor and designer.
General Comment: many paragraphs (grafs" after this mention) are very long. Consider chopping some into two or three pieces so readers can take a break.
General Comment: consider rewriting or changing word spacing to eliminate orphans.
General Comment: you have many compound modifiers which should be hyphenated.
General Comment: literary books like this generally have indents to indicate the start of a new graf, but no blank lines between grafs. The style in this book is more like a tech manual, or a website.
General Comment: Its a very gray book. Readers like to see pictures. You could use a pic at the beginning of each chapter, on any appropriate page, or collected in the front, middle or end.
General Comment: Your ellipses are inconsistent.
Pg 5, top: Put a comma between "Spring" and "1984."
Pg 5, 2nd graf, 3rdsentence: Lightening should be Lightning.
Pg 6, 2ndline: In theory, Iprefer the alternativelungeing so readers dont think the gis a hard sound as in "lung," but the eiin lungeing looks very strange and I dont like it. Try to pick another word.
Pg 14, 2ndsentence: "doctor," not "Doctor"
Pg 14, last sentence: hyphenate "high-bred" and "well-versed."
Pg 15, middle of first graf: Pluralize "nether region."Hyphenate "honest-to-goodness."
Pg 16, last graf: hyphenate "not-so-subtle," "so-and-so," "such-and-such."
Pg 18, top line: ellipse should have four dots
Pg 20, first graf: in a serious book like this, I would not use Mussolinis sarcastic nickname.
Pg 20, last graf: either lowercase "Party" or insert "Republican" before "Party." Hyphenate "well-thought-of." Spell out "Massachusetts" in text. Abbreviate in list or address.
Pg 21, first graf, about 2/3rds down: hyphenate "best-suited." Also, consider dividing this long graf.
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