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Reading the World: Ideas That Matter (Second Edition) 2nd Edition

4.4 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-0393933499
ISBN-10: 0393933490
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Michael Austin (Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara) is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Newman University. He was previously Dean of Graduate Studies at Shepherd University, where he taught composition, world literature, and British literature. In addition to Reading the World, he is the author of A Voice in the Wilderness: Conversations with Terry Tempest Williams.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 704 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 2 edition (March 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393933490
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393933499
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even after dropping the class this book is becoming a personal favorite it challenges my mind, my old fashioned ideas into new ones and forces me to "dust off" my critical thinking skills to understand what wonderful essays it presents to me! hopefully it will challenge you as much it has challenged me! give it 4 stars because I haven't finished reading it yet!
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I use this as the primary textbook in my Academic Writing and Critical Thinking class in an international BA program at a college in Brussels. My students, who come from all over the globe, absolutely love this book! Many of them write in their class evaluations that the readings were very interesting and several students have said they even took the book home over the holidays so their parents could read it. It rarely appears at our college's 'used book sales'. The authors of the essays come from all historic eras and all regions of the globe. They represent both genders and many nationalities. Because Michael Austin provides a writing guide at the end of the section (thesis, summary, using quotations, avoiding fallacies, introductions, conclusions....) there is no need for any additional writing handbook. Honestly, I cannot recommend this book too highly.
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This book for my college English class had some of the most interesting and thought provoking essays that have ever been written. The essays range from well known figures to those lesser known, at least to me.
I found each essay I read to be thought provoking. I only wish I had time to read each and everyone of them.
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It was what I ordered and expected. It was delivered immediately. I think the waiting time said for about three weeks. I purchased this book for my son in college. It was available when I needed it and I did not have a problem with the way it arrived or how it look. It actually was better than I expected.
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This book is actually pretty nice and has some good stuff in it as well. The book I received was used it was in such great condition I thought it was new for a second, it was great to pay the cheaper price for a book that looked like it could be new.
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A very good collection of work that are immortal in history and key to higher learning. A must read too.
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By Abigail on August 3, 2012
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I used this for a college class. It was okay. it seems bias towards the left, since it includes sections from people like Al Gore, Obama, the beginning of environmentalism and Gandhi on economics but doesn't including anything from say, Reagan and I think very little from the founding fathers.

Also: THIS BOOK IS VERY HARD TO READ. It has thin pages, small font and shiny pages. Just know that when you buy the book. Most of these readings can be found online in a PDF form.
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It is a very informative book about ideologies and philosophies by different people in the B.C era. It is complicated but at the same time educational
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