Allyn & Bacon Guide to Writing, The (5th Edition) 5th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0205598748
ISBN-10: 0205598749
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The most successful rhetoric published in over a decade, The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing offers the most progressive and teachable introduction now available to academic and personal writing. The guide offers engaging instruction in rhetoric and composition, a flexible sequence of comprehensive writing assignments, numerous examples of student and professional writing, and thorough guides to research and editing. Solidly grounded in current theory and research, yet eminently practical and teachable, The Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing has set the new standard for freshman composition courses in writing, reading, and critical thinking and inquiry. Part One, A Rhetoric for College Writer, provides a conceptual framework by showing how inquiring writers pose problems, pursue them through discussion and exploratory writing, and solve them as they compose and revise. Part Two, Writing Projects, contains twelve self-contained assignment chapters arranged according to the purposes for writing. Each chapter guides the reader through the process of generating and exploring ideas, composing and drafting, revising and editing. Part Three, A Guide to Composing and Revising, comprises five self-contained chapters of nuts-and-bolts strategies for composing and revising. A Guide to Research, Part Four, instructs how to conduct research and incorporate sources into their own writing, and includes a state-of-the-art chapter on electronic writing and research. Part Five, A Guide to Special Writing Occasions, gives helpful advice on writing reflective self-evaluations and on writing essay exams. Part Six, A Guide to Editing, is a concise handbook of grammar, usage, mechanics, punctuation, style, and editing. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 5 edition (February 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0205598749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0205598748
  • Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Goody on November 27, 2009
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I will have to admit I would have never bought this book other than is being for a school text book. It's one hell of an English book that covers just about everything, written, that you could imagine. I'm glad that I have it for future reference.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. A. Brown on July 8, 2009
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Very well written textbook. Very well organized towards constructive and creative writing with a lot of exercises to develop the thought process. I have enjoyed using it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Hackmaster on February 11, 2009
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Patterson on October 11, 2008
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This book is in great condition and is absolutely perfect to help me in my classes to become an excellent writer.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Noone you would know on September 12, 2008
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I looked everywhere for Allyn and Bacon Guide to Writing Mycomplab. I thought I found it here on Amazon, but when I got the book it had no complab. Someone told me that they don't have the rights to sell the complab. I believe they should disclose that information.If they did I didn't see it. I am alittle irritated and alot of people from my class ran into the same situation as I. I gave it three stars because the service was quick and the book is new and in great shape. However, know that you are not getting mycomplab. You may still buy the book and purchase mycomplab on its own as I will have to. It will cost another 25 dollars.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Colorado Goddess on March 4, 2010
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Castro would love this textbook.

While this book does indeed have helpful writing tips and a handy grammar section in the back with academic composition rules, it also has a load of liberal biases and a few blatant myths. Liberal ideological premises soak this book like a sponge in water, and parts of the book could easily be called outright propaganda. The photographic montage on page 287 is a classic example. The wording of the captions equates legal immigration with illegal aliens by referring to both as "immigration" when they are not, neither by definition nor by law. The arrangement of the photos on this page are in story-like form, showing a man wanting to be here, then coming over, then marching for "his rights" (behind the women pushing their anchor babies) and then getting sworn in as a citizen. If that isn't blatant pro-amnesty drum beating, I'd like to know what is. It is clearly an attempt to positively cast illegal migration in a positive light and make it palatable to the reader. The photos are all of different people, however the message is clear: the authors of this textbook are pro-amnesty.

Also disturbing about this book are the endless references to "race, gender, and class" which smack of something out of a Marxist pamphlet. Students are encouraged to write about a "social problem" and how to fix it. This was a real issue for me since most of what are defined (by the political left) as "social problems" are nothing but poor personal behaviors practiced by a number of people. "Social problem" tends to be a political catchphrase right along with "social justice." I'm a former leftist, I know the spiel all too well. I don't think I can count the number of between-the-lines liberal messages this book has.
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By kells on February 17, 2009
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I tried to buy a used text for a few dollars less. The guy didn't know what he was doing and advertised and sent the wrong book! I didn't want to take any chances this time since classes had already been underway for 3 weeks. Bought the new text, still $20 cheaper than the campus bookstore and recieved it in 4 days with regular ground shipping.
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By Richard A. Tait on October 28, 2010
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This is an english composition textbook and there's nothing in the way of excitement going on here. I got an A in the course so there's not much to complain about otherwise.
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