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Everything's an Argument with Readings Paperback – January 22, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0312538613 ISBN-10: 0312538618 Edition: Fifth Edition
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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 CCCC, she has won the major publication awards in both the CCCC and MLA. For Bedford/St. Martin’s, she is also the author of The St. Martin's Handbook, Sixth Edition, The Everyday Writer, Fourth Edition, and EasyWriter, Fourth Edition, and co-author, with John J. Ruszkiewicz, of The Presence of Others, Fifth Edition, and Everything's an Argument, Fifth Edition.

JOHN J. RUSZKIEWICZ is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin where he has taught literature, rhetoric, and writing for more than thirty years. A winner of the President’s Associates Teaching Excellence Award, he was instrumental in creating the Department of Rhetoric and Writing in 1993 and directed the unit from 2001-05. He has also served as president of the Conference of College Teachers of English (CCTE) of Texas. For Bedford/St. Martin's, he is also the author of How to Write Anything and co-author, with Andrea A. Lunsford, of The Presence of Others, Fifth Edition, and Everything's an Argument, Fifth Edition.

KEITH WALTERS is professor of applied linguistics at Portland State University. Much of his research focuses on language and identity in North Africa, especially Tunisia, and the United States. He has also taught freshman composition and English as a second/foreign language.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1104 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's; Fifth Edition edition (January 22, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312538618
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312538613
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1.4 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By collegestudent16 on October 27, 2010
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I believe that the textbook "Everything's an Argument/with Readings" has a really great technique in showing that anything is a possible argument. I really love how the book, edition 5, is up to date in the happenings in the world around us, which makes it easier to relate to each argument discussed. This book really goes into great depth in explaining how to read an argument, write an argument, how to recognize style and present arguments, how to evaluate arguments, and arguments itself. I found this book to be very helpful in understanding different contexts of argumentation and representation in each context. There are so many things found in this book that I would have never looked at as an argument. There are so many different types of arguments surrounding us in forms of pictures, articles, videos, cartoons, and many more. The evaluations of this book truly opened my eyes to the different views on not only argumentation but also the knowledge and ideas that go into an argument. This is a book you need to read if you want to know anything and everything about argumentation.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dee on July 20, 2012
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This Book was well written and very informative. It manages to make information that it conveys interesting and the addition of the readings helps the student understand what the Author is trying to convey. It has really helped supplement what the teacher is teaching.
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29 of 41 people found the following review helpful By PortlandTwoWheels on December 7, 2010
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I enjoyed this book and writing many essays from it for my various writing classes. You will enjoy the topics presented in the book with great ideas to help you start debating. As a centrist, I found many of the topics to be biased against the libertarian/conservative. Even with the more-than-obvious anti-right bias, it was still an excellent book. The reason why I said it was anti-right (maybe you should listen to this part) is because the authors picked topics, pictures, essays, or artwork, that would (un)seemingly go against conservatives and their ideas. Now, I am sure someone else could have made the same book and used topics that would go against liberal policies, presidents, but that wouldn't be acceptable in college. (kidding)
I have to admit that I didn't enjoy the book as much as I wanted. If all liberals in the classroom agree with something, but cannot prove it, that could be a liberal bias...
My advice to the authors is they should try to focus on making it completely even. I know there are some excellent conservative authors in there, but this bias needs to go.
Thank you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By studentreviewjw on February 25, 2013
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Delivery was great and the book had good essay examples that help guide you. I recommend it for anyone not good at writing essay arguments as I was.I did not see anthing lacking in this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Crystal Reed on February 18, 2013
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I like that I am learning new things, and this book was well named. I would recommend this to someone for maybe a debate class or something like that, haven't really seen it yet as and a college English book in which I am using it.
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Excellent textbook and reference. It covers the traditional elelments of argument; Toulmin, Aristotle, and Rogerian. What makes this book stand out is the additional techniques to an argument, ranging from tone to the use of images. The book makes for interesting casual reading even though I used this book in a college class. I'm going back to school to start another career.

I made the most of this book by creating an outline, then focused in on the details. One of the projects was to pick and advertisement, then analyze it using some of the points brought up in the chapter. It made for a good critique on style and effectiveness of the image. The chapter was focused on using persuasion via imagery.

Combining all the elements from the various chapters would produce an effective argument and would create useful skills in life and in business. Incidentally, the title "Everything's an Argument" was concise. The author makes an effective argument that everything is truly an argument. This is a fair if you plan to join a college debate team, it's geared toward everyday use in business or with future classes. I expands the skill of argument beyond rhetoric, and illustrates examples and techniques commonly used in advetising, politics, and writing, I think my time was well spent with this book considering the cost of college and university.
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By Julia M. Hamill on July 5, 2014
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I love my book, thank you!!
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The book was pretty close to what they said. It was a little warn but no marking and highlights which was what I was looking for. I would recomend this site. The price was a little higher than some of the sites but was still cheaper then the book store. Over all it was a pretty good deal. :)
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