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Everything's an Argument Paperback – November 17, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0312447496 ISBN-10: 0312447493 Edition: 4th

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; 4th edition (November 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312447493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312447496
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #670,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

ANDREA A. LUNSFORD is professor of English at Stanford University and also teaches at the Bread Loaf School of English. A past chair of the CCCC, she has won the major publication awards in both the CCCC and MLA. For Bedford/St. Martin's, she is the author of the St. Martin's Handbook (2007); Easy Writer (2006); The Everyday Writer (2005); The Presence of Others (2004), with John Ruszkiewicz; and Everything's an Argument with Readings (2007), with John Ruszkiewicz and Keith Walters.


JOHN J. RUSZKIEWICZ is professor of rhetoric and composition and director of the division of rhetoric and composition at the University of Texas at Austin. For Bedford/St. Martin's, he is the author of The Presence of Others (2004), with Andrea Lunsford; and Everything's an Argument with Readings (2007), with Andrea Lunsford and Keith Walters.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Winifred Flint on April 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
(this is a review for the fourth edition 2007)
This college textbook is in its fourth edition - doubling in size from 300 to 600 pages. The extensive index makes it useful as an auxiliary resource or even a stand alone.
The work is an encyclopedia on the subject of rhetoric. It is the first work on the subject that I have seen that includes `signifying' - a humorous style of African-American argument. In addition it includes the bones of a research handbook and the basics of Strunk & White. Unfortunately, it fails the Strunk & White goal of brevity. Making up for this in a great way is the section on citing almost every kind of resource in the MLA style. Even today there are MLA handbooks that omit instructions on how to cite articles that skip pages, how to quote from indirect pages or many other media other than print. The format is intensely visual which speaks well to the image rich environment in which we live. Visuals are key to instructing but shorten the life span of the work. In ten years, will a photo of Lil' Kim create the same learning opportunity as it does today? The book has a companion website which provides check lists for writing and research that are also covered in the book. The website checklists are much easier to use. Typically colleges do not include textbooks in their collections, but I would argue that this is one to break the rules for because of its high usefulness as a stand alone resource.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew W. Ryan on January 27, 2010
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Everything is an Argument was well written and was used effectively by my professor in the class. I have not done well in English classes in the past. Yet, with the clear writing style used in this book I was able to to do something that I had never done before, get an A in English.
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By mom on May 10, 2014
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I ordered this for my sons college class because it was an excellent price. He was very happy with it
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Nenstiel TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 18, 2008
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This book starts with the standards of rhetoric laid down by Aristotle over two milennia ago. It explains the kinds, purposes, and conventions of classical argument in a vernacular English that contemporary teachers will be able to expound upon, and students will be able to comprehend. In essence, it brings Aristotle up to date without losing the unity that makes him worth studying to this day.

Unfortunately, only a small number of the chapters contain any examples of how this works in actual usage. To be really useful, this book needs readings. There is a larger edition with actual examples of rhetoric in use, but I naively thought my students would be happier with a slimmer, less expensive volume. Shame on me. I found myself running around all hell to breakfast, trying to find articles and essays that would exemplify the rules and notions of rhetoric for my students, hoping what I found (often on the fly) would actually be useful.

I like the layout and arrangement of this book. As far as it's useful, it's also informative and enlightening. But the more expanded version ought to be more useful to freshman composition students. Next semester, I will have my students buy the more expensive "with readings" edition, which will make my life easier, and theirs too, since they won't have to keep track of all my hasty photocopies.
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By Cynthia Viera on September 29, 2010
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This book is great! It has some real interesting articles in it and it has a whole section on MLA formatting. I used this book for my English 3 class at Long Beach City College and even though my professor wanted the 5th edition, this one worked just fine.
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